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If you recently kicked up a small rock while driving and dinged your windshield, you may be tempted to just leave well enough alone. However, no matter how tiny the crack may be, continuing to drive without have your windshield repaired or replaced can be dangerous. Here are four good reasons to address this issue sooner rather than later.
You May Be Breaking the Law
In many states, it is against the law to drive a vehicle with a cracked windshield, even if it is just a small nick. The law may state that the crack cannot be in the driver's field of vision, or the critical area, which is anywhere the windshield wipers cover, or the law may not allow any crack whatsoever, regardless of location.
For example, Wisconsin law doesn't allow for a nick any larger than ½ -inch in diameter in the critical area, and 1 ½ -inches outside the critical area. The law also states the crack cannot be with eight inches of the windshield's frame. That leaves a very small "window of opportunity" in which driving with a crack would be legal. So basically, if your windshield is cracked, get it repaired or replaced before you find yourself with a ticket and spend even more money.
Your Insurance May Cover the Cost of a New Windshield
A few states, such as South Carolina, require insurance companies to waive the deductible if you have comprehensive auto insurance and find yourself in need of a new windshield. Apart from state law, some insurance companies may additionally offer their customers this benefit, so be sure to check with them first before bringing your vehicle into the shop.
Your Airbag May Not Properly Deploy if the Windshield Is Cracked
In the event of an accident, your windshield plays a critical role in the effectiveness of your airbag. The powerful impact of an airbag being released presses the back of it into the windshield. If the windshield is compromised, rather than providing resistance like it should, the windshield may give. This means the air bag could potentially become trapped or punctured by glass shards, which would then deflate the air bag and provide no protection for you.
You Could Be Ejected From Your Vehicle
While wearing your seat belt is the law in most states, it isn't in New Hampshire, and other states like Ohio and Montana only enforce the seat belt law in an officer stops you for another offense. If you are involved in an accident and aren't wearing your seat belt, you may be thrown against the windshield. A windshield that has a crack will be less likely to keep you inside your vehicle.
To learn more about your options, contact windshield replacement services.