Can I Drive with a Cracked Windshield?

Hail, rocks, debris, and other obstructions impair many drivers' windshields all the time. Depending on the severity of the damage, a broken windshield may be a serious concern.


It's generally not dangerous to drive with a small or minor crack in the windshield. Nevertheless, damaged glass should be repaired or replaced promptly for various reasons:

  1. Windshields that have been hit are significantly weakened and provide less protection. It can break easier.
  2. Cracked windshields can decrease your overall visibility.
  3. The windshield damage can spread with extreme temperatures.
  4. Depending on your state's laws, you can get pulled over and fined for a ticket.

Windshields are specially made to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers even if a collision causes them to chip, crack or shatter. 

You should never ignore a damaged windshield, whatever the case. 


Most people overlook the importance of a windshield, so they are usually tempted to shrug off a minor chip. Luckily, most small chips are quick and easy repairs if you take action fast. However, waiting too long can be a big mistake. The damage of the crack can grow rapidly and turn what once was a needed repair into an entire windshield replacement.


On the other hand, you must replace a shattered windshield. Large cracks or those that continue to break are extremely dangerous to put off. 


If your windshield has been damaged, please bring your car to our trusted auto glass repair shop in Erie, PA. The specialists at Harrell Automotive will assess your windshield and get you the repair or replacement you need.