Dangers, Frustrations, & Consequences

FRUSTRATIONS of of driving with a cracked windshieLD

A crack can potentially interfere with your field of vision. Studies show that a hazy windshield or a windshield with many chips may slow down a driver's reaction time during an emergency.


Dangers of of driving with a cracked windshieLD

In a car crash, the airbag deploys upward and bounces off the windshield, moving at about 150-200 miles per hour. If your windshield is broken or cracked, it is not structurally sound enough to absorb the impact of the airbag. As a result, you may not receive appropriate protection from the airbag. Further, the entire windshield could break with the pressure from the airbag, causing you to eject from the vehicle. A strong windshield is also necessary to support the roof in roll-over accidents.


Legal Consequences of driving with a cracked windshieLD

The DMV states that it is illegal to drive with a cracked windshield. You can be pulled over and cited or even ticketed if you do not repair your windshield within a given time period. Repairing a cracked windshield is legally necessary, and will not increase your insurance rates.


Importance of Safe Installation & Timely Repair

Importance of having a correctly installed windshield

Incorrectly installed windshields may pop out during an accident due to the impact of the accident and/or the impact/pressure of the airbag, which relies on the windshield to deploy correctly. It is crucial to have a windshield installed properly by a professional team with the right tools and materials. An incorrectly installed windshield can result from defective glue and cheap glass, which would make your windshield prone to rusting and leakage. This is avoided by using the correct primer and glue, and having a certified technician install your glass properly.


The debris from the road, as well as dust, rain, and/or the dye from washer fluid will eventually block the hole in the glass. This will make the inside of the chip dirty, so if you wait to repair it, it may be discolored, which will not result in a clean, aesthetically pleasing chip repair.