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How Long Can You Drive With a Cracked Windshield? October 4, 2018

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How Long Can You Drive With a Cracked Windshield?, Lincoln, Nebraska

Between flying debris and collisions, several factors can cause a cracked windshield. And, after noticing a chip or small damage to the glass, many people wonder whether it’s safe to continue driving the vehicle. To help you determine if you can drive with a cracked windshield, here’s a look at what you need to consider.

How to Determine if You Can Drive With a Cracked Windshield

Size

Cracks and chips can come in all manner of shapes and sizes. If your windshield experienced extensive damage and the crack is spread out, then your state government might have laws against driving in this condition. Not only would it be illegal, but it is also incredibly dangerous because any bump in the road could cause the glass to shatter. However, small and insignificant cracks might not impede your ability to continue driving.

Location

cracked windshieldYou should also consider where the crack is located before deciding if you can continue driving the vehicle. For example, if it is in your field of vision and impedes your ability to see the road, then this is a clear indication that driving the vehicle would be unsafe. In this case, you’ll need to have the problem repaired as soon as possible. However, a small crack that doesn’t block your vision might not require immediate attention.

Structural Integrity

Your car’s windshield is a significant component of the overall frame, which means it actually has a major role in maintaining the vehicle’s structural integrity. If you experience a collision, the glass provides strength to the chassis and can prevent the roof from crumbling during a rollover. A small crack that’s located at the bottom or top of the glass likely won’t impact this structural integrity, and you can keep driving the vehicle for some time. However, if the crack is large or begins to spread, you should stop driving the car and have it towed to the nearest auto glass repair shop.

 

If your car has a cracked windshield, ensure your safety by calling the experts at Capital Auto Glass. Based in Lincoln, NE, their team of expert technicians is equipped to repair chips, cracks, or even replace the glass. They even offer a mobile service, which means they’ll provide the same incredible results at a location that’s more convenient for you. Offering a warranty on all repairs, they also work with your insurance company so you won’t have to. To schedule an appointment, call them today at (402) 421-6653, or visit them online for a full list of services.

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