Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield?

Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield? Superior Auto Body Saskatoon

Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal long standing clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients..and to help out we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest accident prevention tips, we answer the question, “Is it safe to drive with a cracked windshield?”

 

Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield?

When driving in Saskatchewan, whether it is on a grid road or the highway, pesky stones find a way to chip or crack your vehicle’s windshield. Maybe you have recently been in a collision and your windshield was left cracked. Your windshield is an important part of your vehicle’s structural integrity so you want to make sure that there is nothing obstructing your view. Is it actually safe to continue driving with a cracked windshield? Here are a few things to consider when driving with a cracked windshield.

My Windshield is Cracked, What Should I Do?Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield? Superior Auto Body Saskatoon

First off, diagnose how much damage has been done to your windshield. If it is a small chip, even if it is not in your line of vision, it is important to get it looked at by the professionals at Superior Auto Body to ensure the chip will not spread into a larger problem, especially in colder temperatures. However, if it is not in your line of vision, you are technically safe to drive for a short period of time with a small chip in your windshield. 

Sometimes it is hard to tell with a chip or cracked windshield whether you are safe to drive or if you need it repaired as soon as possible. SGI has a helpful article to distinguish between pass or fails on driving with a windshield crack. According to SGI, “stone or shot damage to the windshield causes damage rings or cracks to run outside of the damaged area. To take an accurate measurement, measure across the two largest extending cracks or ring.”

If you have questions regarding your windshield, contact the experts at Superior Auto Body.

Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Windshield? Distracted Driving

The first thing people think of with distracted driving is texting, talking on the phone or eating food while behind the wheel. However if you have a cracked windshield that is classified as a distraction as it is impairing your line of vision and is therefore unsafe. It is really important to remove all distractions when driving to increase safety for yourself as the driver, as seeing out of your windshield is one of the most important parts of driving.

Driving with a Cracked Windshield Compromises a Vehicle’s Structural Stability

When the windshield in your vehicle has a major crack, it increases the chance of a serious or sometimes fatal injury to you and your passengers if involved in an accident. The structural stability of your vehicle is then compromised from the lack of support to the roof. 

A weathered crack, meaning you have left the windshield cracked for a long time, can nearly eliminate the safety feature of your windshield. Vehicles have a safety glass to prevent windshields from shattering glass in the event of an accident, however this goes out the window with a weathered crack.

Your windshield is an important part of your vehicle’s structural integrity. There are a lot of factors involved when determining if it is still safe to drive with a chipped or cracked windshield. If you need help diagnosing the situation, Superior is here to help. At Superior Auto Body, we install windshields to meet all manufacturers specifications for your safety and we are SGI Accredited meaning you can come to us for an appraisal and we can take care of you from start to finish by processing your insurance claim through us instead of having to go through SGI.

 

If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today here we are a Trusted Saskatoon auto body and collision centre