While a windshield usually won’t fall in on itself or burst like a side window from actors like temperature or pressure, a crack can expand, splinter out, and shatter (typically) the outer layer of glass. It usually falls out in small shards.
Is it OK to drive with a cracked windscreen?
You should avoid driving your vehicle if it has a cracked windscreen, as it could increase the chances of a car accident.
Why are cracked windshields dangerous?
Because of its concave shape, a crack can severely weaken the structural integrity of the windshield and the glass is likely to continue cracking if pressure is placed on it from the inside.
How long will Cracked windshield last?
If the crack hinders the view as you drive the car, you should have it repaired right away. However, if the crack is small and on the passenger side, you could possibly drive for hundreds of miles without any issue.
Do cracked windshields spread?
Cracked windshields not only reduce the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle, but also reduce visibility on roads while you’re driving. These cracks usually spread over time—if not tended to. This makes your car unsafe to drive, especially if the chip is more than 12 inches long.
Can you drive with a large crack in your windshield?
Long and/or spread out cracks are unsafe and potentially illegal. State laws make it illegal to drive with an elongated or spread out windshield crack. If the crack is especially large or long, the windshield will have to be fully replaced.
How much does it cost to fix windshield crack?
Typical prices range from $60 to $100 for a single chip, and discounts may apply when fixing additional chips on the same windshield. Crack repair prices are similar, although fixing a longer crack may cost $125 or more.