Each and every day we do things that we do not think twice about. Brushing your hair, putting your shoes on, turning lights on and off, and more are all things that we do on a regular basis without thinking about them. Most of the things that we do on a routine basis are not harmful to us but sometimes they can be. We get in our car and drive from one location to the next without putting much thought into it. If we follow the rules of the road there is no problem with this. If you stop and think about it though you are probably doing at least one potentially harmful thing every time you get in your car. One harmful thing that you may not be think about is driving when your windshield is chipped. Today Fred’s Auto Glass wants to talk about the dangers of driving your car when your windshield is chipped.
Decreased Visibility of Chipped Windshield
The largest concern of driving with a chipped windshield is that you have you decreased visibility. How decreased your visibility is will depend on both where the chip is and how large it is. Even slight decreases in visibility puts you and your passengers at risk. There are enough dangers when you are driving that it is just not a great idea to intentionally drive with a risk that you could fix.
How Fast Does a Windshield Crack or Chip Spread?
The next issue that we want to address is the risk of the chip or crack spreading. You never know when a chip is going to grow. There are times when the crack or chip growing could cause your windshield to crack or shatter immediately. If you are on the road when this happens you are at risk for injury and extremely likely to cause an accident. You would hate to injure yourself or someone else on the road due to something that you could have fixed.
Can a Cracked or Chipped Windshield Break While Driving?
If you get into an accident with a windshield that is fully intact the windshield helps transfer the force of a front-end impact down to the chassis of your car. Your car is designed like this because it lessens the effect of the accident that is felt inside the car. If your windshield is chipped or cracked it is more likely to shatter if you are in an accident. A shattered windshield will not help transfer the impact like it is supposed to. This will put you and your passengers at a greater risk for injury.
Windshield Replacement & More in Arlington, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Flower Mound & Greater Fort Worth, Texas
Hopefully you can see the risks involved if you choose to drive with a chipped or cracked windshield. The good news is that fixing your windshield is an extremely easy fix. Fred’s Auto Glass can help you get your windshield fixed in no time. The good news is that the fix might even be covered by your insurance. We will help with the process of contacting your insurance company to see if they will cover any of the cost. Give us a call today and we can get you safely back on the road in no time.