Why You Shouldn’t Drive with a Cracked Windshield

Cracked windshield of a car
Car windshields are built to withstand almost every kind of wear and tear, but they can sometimes get chipped or cracked due to damage from wind, road debris, hail or sudden changes in pressure or temperature. In some cases, many drivers may notice a crack in the glass and still choose to continue driving their vehicle without replacing the windshield. Driving with a cracked windshield glass means putting yourself, as well as others on the road, at risk, no matter how big or small the chip is. There are several reasons why driving with a cracked windshield can hamper your safety, and the automobile expert at S&B Keswick has listed some of them below. Take a look!

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  • Cracks expand over time: One of the basic reasons behind not driving your car with a cracked windshield glass is that the crack will expand over time. A small chip can turn into a big one in no time, making it worse for you to drive safely, especially during sunny days, as the cracked glass will reflect more sunlight. 
  • Poor visibility: Reflected sunlight can leave you blinded, making you prone to accidents even more. Moreover, the size of the chip can also obstruct your vision, which is dangerous for you and everyone around on the road. 
  • Affects the structural integrity of a vehicle: Besides all the standard and available safety features, a car’s windshield also plays a crucial role in your on-road safety. A windshield has a structural integrity of about 40% in case of a collision from the front, meaning the windshield will stop the roof from crushing you and help deploy airbags to ensure the utmost protection against severe injuries. Eventually, with cracked glass, a windshield’s integrity will be affected significantly.  

Get Your Windshield Replaced or Fixed at S&B Keswick Motors

Need help with replacing a damaged windshield? Reach out to the skilled technicians at S&B Keswick’s Service Department. Our technicians follow only the latest industry standards and recommendations from OEMs to take care of your vehicles. Moreover, at our Parts Department, you can find a genuine windshield replacement at the industry’s best rates.