Driving with a crack in your windshield: safe or unsafe?

This is a question that cannot be answered in one word. The truth is, it depends on the location of the damage as well as the type of damage.

The best way to determine if your car is safe to drive with a cracked windshield is to look through it from the driver's seat. If your view is obstructed in any way, shape, or form, then it may be a hazard to drive the vehicle. If your windshield is noticeably damaged, you may get pulled over and receive a fine anywhere between $100 and $500.

The rules could also apply to chips that are directly in the vision of the driver. A chip repair takes less than 20 minutes and most auto glass repair companies can come straight to your home or work with the a very common standard of mobile service, for a convenient and quick service to your vehicle. Having the entire windshield replaced also takes anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, with the same mobile service provided.

Will my glass shatter while I'm driving?

No. Windshields are engineered with to stay intact, even after a major collision. You could potentially drive with your broken windshield for years and your glass will never shatter, but you will still run the risk of receiving a traffic ticket.


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