how long can i drive with a cracked windshield

How Long Can I Drive With A Cracked Windshield?

driving after cracked windshield repair in Whitehall PennsylvaniaThis is a common question with many motorists. Chips and cracks on your car windshield can happen for a number of reasons. Edge cracks, stress cracks or floater cracks generally occur to automobiles that are a few years old.

However, a chipped windshield is a fairly common occurrence. This may happen when gravel, debris or a stone fling off the tires of the passing vehicles onto your windshield. There are many reasons that your windshield can get damaged. The question is at what point is it an absolute must to get it fixed before you are putting your safety at risk. In this article, we will discuss what you need to know about auto glass safety and when you should take action when you notice a chip or a crack.

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Can I Delay A Windshield Repair?

When you have a chipped or a cracked windshield, there is always the temptation to delay the repair or a replace. This is, of course, unless visibility is seriously compromised. Yet, this may not be a wise idea. If the chip is too small and if, after a few drives, you don’t see any widening around the chip (or, crack), you may keep on driving for a fair amount of time without exposing yourself to any grave risk. However, eventually, all chips and cracks spread which can lead to a full replacement. A replacement is much more costly than a repair. So, essentially, it is worth repairing right away.

Why Cracks And Chips Expand

However, as mentioned above, cracks or chips do tend to expand. It would be a rare occurrence if it did not. As it happens, glass is a flexible material. Glass contracts or expands in line with fluctuating temperatures. A cracked or chipped windshield means that the screen will be less likely to bear up the considerable amount of pressure caused by high speed driving. This is also true for extreme temperatures. For instance, a small to medium crack which apparently looks harmless enough can suddenly expand. It may even cause your windscreen to fall off if you are driving in wintry conditions. In such conditions, the cold windshield will be unable to withstand the pressure it is subjected to it by the in-car heating.

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Your Windshield Protects You

Also, windscreens are primarily there to act as a barrier against wind, rain, sleet or snow. They also provide critical structural reinforcement to the car’s entire body. A windshield helps your car retain its strength and stability. Therefore, any crack which is more than a few inches is detrimental to your vehicle as a whole.

These are few of the reasons why it may not be a good idea on your part to delay a repair. By delaying, you are putting both yourself and your car at risk. As for the legal side of it, you won’t be stopped because of a cracked windscreen unless it blocks your line of vision. If it does, however, you will get a ticket sooner or later! A cracked windshield may also prove to be a nuisance during a periodic inspection. For example, any crack or damage on the A-zone of the windshield (the area directly facing the driver) which is wider than 10 mm will result in an inspection failure.

 

Cracked Windshield Repair Whitehall PA

repairing a windshieldThis is why our recommendation is that you attend to your damaged windshield sooner than later. Call an auto glass company and obtain professional advice. In case of smaller cracks or chips, the screen can be repaired. In other cases, you may have to replace the windshield. If your car insurance carries comprehensive coverage (which includes glass breakage), it will cover the repair cost of up to three rock chips or cracks without needing to pay any deductible. Check the details of your insurance and this may help you get your damaged windscreen fixed quickly.

For affordable, fast, and professional auto glass repair, including windshield repair, be sure to contactLiberty AutoGlass.Our SIKA certified auto glass technicians will be able to repair your windshield with your safety in mind. Don’t delay and pay more later. For your convenience, we also offer mobile services for an additional $10.00. This means that you will be able to go about your day as you normally would while getting your auto glass repaired. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

We service Allentown PA 18101, Bethlehem PA 18015, Catasauqua PA 18032, Center Valley PA 18034, Coplay PA 18037, East Texas PA 18046, Emmaus PA 18049, Lehigh Valley PA 18001, Limeport PA 18060, Northampton PA 18067, and Whitehall PA 18052.

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Contact us today or give us a call at (610) 377-7787 or (877) 90-GLASS if you have any questions. Click here to view our complete mobile auto glass service area in Pennsylvania.

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