If your car glass is cracked or chipped, there are several risks that come with it. These range from safety related to legal. The risks and dangers involved are more pronounced if you have to drive around with the car whose glass is damaged. In addition, the nature of the damage also determines the danger. If it is a cracked windscreen, the dangers involved are critical for personal safety. In matters legal, it does not matter the nature of the damage, as long as your windscreen mainly is damaged, you stand the legal penalty due.
The first danger of cracked or chipped windshield is visual impairment. It is true that when your car’s windshield is cracked or chipped, you simply do not see clearly. The level of impairment depends on the placement of the damage and its nature. If it is on the driver’s side, then it will surely block your visualization of the road. While a chip on the windshield might not block your vision prominently, the same cannot be said of cracks. There are several types of cracks. The cobweb crack with is very common with windscreens will highly impair vision. These damages make it hard to notice such things like potholes or other road users.
The second danger is related to the support function of the windshield. The windshield is not only use for visual purposes, but it also supports some structures in the car. Actually, the windshield plays a key role in supporting the roof part of any vehicle. With a cracked or chipped windshield, the integrity to performing this function effectively is highly compromised. As such, there is a great possibility of the roof curving in incase a substantively heavy load is placed on it. Otherwise, in case the car is involved in a wreck with a damaged windscreen, the roof can curve in leading to injuries. Note: this can be prevented when the integrity of the windshield is solid.
The third danger comes from the airbags. The front part airbags of a car are designed to go off in case of any collision. They go off exerting a high amount of pressure on the windshield. With a cracked or chipped windshield, the airbag can force the glass to shred into pieces. These small pieces are sent flying and posse a great risk to you, other passengers in the vehicle as well as other road users. It is also worth noting, in the process of the windscreen breaking, it is highly likely that the airbags integrity will be compromised and it will not serve its intended purpose. As a result, you stand the risk of hitting your face against the steering wheel.
The fourth danger is related to your finances. Driving around in a car with a cracked or chipped windscreen is considered a criminal offence is a number of states in the US. If a traffic police notices a crack or a chip on your windscreen, they obviously will direct you to pull over. The penalty for driving with a damaged windshield is mainly a fine. This is an unnecessary way of losing your money.
To avoid all these and enjoy safe driving, simply get your windshield repaired or replaced.