Windshield serves as protection against extreme weather conditions. There can be a lot of factors that can break or damage the windshield. And since this is glass and it's fragile. Small cracks will eventually spread-out making it dangerous to drive. Replacing the windshield will entail a cost of parts and labor. Price is the reason why people with broken windshield often risks safety and offsets the replacement of the windshield.
Here are the factors to consider if it’s safe to drive the car:
- Size – driving with a broken windshield is prohibited. However, if the crack is small and located in an area that will not obstruct the driver’s view while driving, its ok to keep driving. In this kind of situation have the windshield repaired as soon as you can.
- Location – having an unobstructed view while driving is essential for the safety of both the driver and passenger. If the crack is on the passenger side, it’s ok to use it in the meantime. If the break is on the driver side, have the windshield replaced immediately.
- Severity – a simple crack or chip in the windshield can get repaired. For cracks and chips that are less than 6 to 12 inches long can get repaired using a Windshield Repair Kit. If the damage obstructs a driver’s view, head on to the nearest repair shop and replaces the windshield.
- Growth and Extent of damage – if the severity of the damage is just minor, this needs to be repaired as soon as possible. The windshield's glass, depending on the temperature it will expand and contract to make the vehicle unfit for travel as it can shatter any moment. To maintain the safety of both the drivers and passenger is to have the windshield repaired right away.
Cracks and chips at the windshield need to get repaired immediately. No matter how big or small, if this will obstruct the driver’s view and risk the safety of people onboard, the windshield needs to be replaced right away.