Is driving with a cracked windshield safe and can it break more while driving?

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Whether damaged by an accident, rock, hail or something else, a broken windshield is a serious issue and may render a car unsafe to drive. It is essential to know the consequences of having a cracked windshield as well as windshield repairs. Let’s take a look at some questions concerning crack windshields.

Can I Drive with a Cracked Windshield?

To answer this question shortly, yes you can drive with a cracked windshield, but it’s important to take into considerations the consequences of having a damaged windshield. Two important reasons you should have your damaged windshield repaired or replace is:

  1. Windshields weakened by damage provide less protection
  2. Cracked windshields decrease your visibility while driving

Owning a car you want to have the reassurance that your safety and safety of others is at its highest capacity. Having an undamaged windshield is one of these critical components you would want to have as a part of your safety system in your vehicle. They are specially designed to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers by having two layers of glass laminated together. If one layer of glass breaks, the laminate and the inside layer of glass hold the windshield together, keeping pieces of glass from injuring occupants of the car or falling on the road.


Do not ignore a damaged windshield. A small crack can signify that the structure of the glass is compromised. Though this may not seem like an immediate danger, if the break appears to become larger and is near the edge of the windshield this could lead to more significant consequences. If this occurs its recommended to have the glass replace immediately and to not drive with this type of cracked windshield. Driving with a broken windshield is also to be avoided whenever the damaged glass impairs the vision of the driver.


In these cases, it is best to seek out a reputable auto glass company, such as Michael’s Glass Company. It is crucial to ensure the safety of yourself and those riding in your vehicle.


Can a Crack in the Windshield Cause the Glass to Shatter?

Often smaller chips or cracks in a windshield can quickly be repaired, and there are products available to help prevent cracks from spreading as well. One of the most common problems with cracks in a windshield is that it can spread and worsen over time.

They create weak points in the windshield that are likely to spread due to factors such as moisture, the windshield flexing while driving over bumps, changes in temperature causing the glass to expand or contract to add more stress to the crack in the windshield.


Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid pressing on a broken windshield from the interior of the car. The windshields concave shape can make the crack severely weaken the structure of the windshield. By pressing on the windshield, the glass is more likely to crack more from the pressure pushed from in the inside of it.


The good news though is that windshields have been engineered to hold together. If the windshield were to shatter it is attached by strong adhesives applied to the glass to prevent broken pieces from falling into the car or onto the road. Because the windshield is laminated, the glass shouldn’t separate from the frame or collapse into the car.


How do I know when to Replace or Repair a Windshield?

It is best to repair your windshield when the damage is the size of a quarter up to three inches. Also if the damage is easy to detect, and there is no risk of a bad windshield installation, this is when you should repair your windshield. The damage should be fixed quickly to prevent further cracking.  Wondering how they repair a windshield? They will apply a transparent resin to seal the chip or crack. The goal of using this resin is to restore the integrity of the windshield as well as to erase the signs of damage. If a crack or visual distortion appears after the repair, the integrity of the repair was compromised, and the windshield will need to be replaced.

It is best to replace the windshield when the damage is larger than three inches, and there are more than three cracks or chips. Also, if the break is located at the edge of the windshield jeopardizing its integrity and has “spider-webbed” quickly it’s best to have the windshield replaced.  


What Should I Do with a Cracked Windshield?

If you have determined there is indeed a crack in your windshield that needs to be replaced, you should go sooner rather than later. A standard issue with small cracks is that they tend to grow and with fluctuating temperatures can cause the glass to either expand or contract. Having a break in the windshield creates a weak point –allowing it to be more prone to breaking, so why wait to get your windshield replaced? Go to an auto-care replacement company, such as Michael’s Glass Company to have your windshield repaired or replaced.

Auto-Glass Care and Replacement

Michael’s Glass Company offers extensive and quick auto glass repairs. If necessary, customers can get the high-quality auto glass replacement that they need from Michael’s Glass Company as well. If you need auto glass repairs or new auto glass, including windshield repair, you can contact Michael’s Glass Company by calling 267-592-3433 or emailing us to get more pricing information. Bring your vehicle to us, and we’ll take care of the rest. And, if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. Michael’s Glass Company’s goal is to be your go-to source for your glass needs.

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