Driving can be hazardous this time of year. The weather is unpredictable with storms rolling through, which means road conditions that are ever-changing. The wind, rain, and hail may put your vehicle at risk for a shattered windshield from flung debris. Many drivers keep trucking along in these storms, but that’s a mistake. Windshield damage can be extremely dangerous if you stay on the road.
Damaged Windshields are Unsafe
First and foremost, driving with a damaged windshield is unsafe. It puts everyone on the road—yourself included—at risk. If your windshield is already cracked, and you wind up in an accident, the weakened structural support of the glass may cause the pane to break inward and throw shards of glass over you and the passengers. There is zero stability there.
Windshield Damage Worsens with Time
People call a crack in a windshield “spiderwebbing” because the “legs” of the crack spread out across the pane. They will continue to spread until reaching a more stable point or the edge of the windshield.
It’s safe to say that windshield damage worsens with time. Before long, what was once a minor repair becomes a major, costly renovation of your car’s windshield. You’ll wind up replacing the entire pane, which can get costly depending on the size and type of vehicle in question.
If you are driving with a cracked windshield, you’re immediately liable for any injuries to passengers in your car or truck. If someone else is driving your vehicle, you’re also liable for them. If anything happens that would cause injury from the windshield caving in or shattering, you’re at risk of a claim.