When is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield?

It seems like there’s never enough time in a day to get everywhere you need to go and do everything you need to do. Unexpected delays really throw an annoying wrench in the works. When you’re faced with an incident like a sudden chip or crack in your windshield, it can be tempting just to keep on going about your business, thinking it’s no big deal — or a problem for another day.

But is it really ever safe to continue driving with a cracked windshield? 

At Auto Glass Fitters, leading providers of mobile windshield repair services in Pittsburgh, PA, and the surrounding region, we believe the real question is: Should you have that chip or crack repaired immediately on the spot, or can you wait a little while before making an appointment to get it fixed? 

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. To be clear, we never advise ignoring a windshield crack completely. In fact, most states — including Pennsylvania and New Jersey — have laws against driving with certain windshield damage, and failing to comply could get you pulled over and ticketed. 

Here are a few things to consider when faced with a decision about windshield repair.

  • How big is the chip or crack?
  • Where is the chip or crack located?
  • How extensive is the damage?
  • Does the damage appear to be spreading?

Obviously, if your windshield is shattered, you need to pull over and call us for emergency roadside repair service. The same applies if the crack or chip is large and/or located on the driver’s side in a place that obstructs your view in any way. While it can be difficult to tell if the damage is spreading, you can be sure that cold winter weather conditions will only make the problem worse.

Small cracks or chips on the passenger side aren’t as pressing an issue and shouldn’t put you or your passengers in danger as you travel to your destination. But it’s still important to make repair a top priority. When glass is compromised, a number of environmental factors can cause the damage to spread, and these include:

  • Temperature fluctuations that cause the glass to expand and contract
  • Rocks or other debris hitting the windshield
  • Dirt building up in the affected area

Fortunately, if your windshield has suffered damage of any kind out on the road, Auto Glass Fitters is here to make sure that getting it fixed in a timely manner won’t take a big bite out of your schedule or your budget. We’re always available for mobile windshield repair services in Wilkes Barre, PA, or anywhere in the surrounding region. If you have any questions about windshield damage or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today.