Driving with a Cracked Windshield—What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

So, you decide that getting a cracked windshield fixed is too much of an inconvenience and an expense your budget just can’t handle right now. Driving around with a small crack is no big deal, right? What’s the worst that could happen?

Scenario 1: Crack grows a little bit

It doesn’t take long before windshield cracks start to grow. They may get hit by flying debris or the expansion-contraction caused by the freeze-thaw cycle can widen or elongate the crack and/or create a new branch from the main crack. Now, fixing your windshield takes more time…and time is money. What could have been a $30ish repair will cost more.

Scenario 2: Crack widens more, starts to leak

If you continue to leave your windshield untreated, the crack will only get bigger, and eventually, that will mean air and water can leak into your car. Air leaks make temperature regulation difficult, making your car cabin uncomfortable in any extreme seasonal conditions. Water leaks, can foster mold growth, and in hard-to-see or -reach places, mold can pose significant health risks (not to mention seriously diminish your car’s resale value).

At this point, your windshield may need to be replaced, increasing your cost ten-fold or more. Plus, depending on where the crack is, it may interfere with visibility. That introduces the possibility of being ticketed if a police officer notices.

Scenario 3: Crack compromises crash protection

While increasing cost of repairs is bad enough, the worst that can happen as a result of driving with a cracked windshield is that you compromise your safety. Intact auto glass helps absorb and distribute impact from a collision. It is also manufactured to reduce or eliminate spall. If your windshield is cracked, it cannot perform as intended. In a crash, that can increase the likelihood and/or severity of injuries, including injuries caused by projectile shards of glass.

When compared to the worst-case scenario, the cost of windshield chip and crack repair is nothing. Don’t put it off. Contact Astro Auto Glass to make an appointment for in-shop or mobile windshield repair today.