According to CarWindshield.com, repairing a cracked car windshield can cost anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the size of the crack or chip. This cost is little to nothing when compared with the cost of your life. Replacing the windshield altogether is more expensive, but still manageable.
The hazards of not replacing or fixing your windshield when it is cracked significantly outweigh the cost of repair. So, what exactly are the risks?
Fines and Tickets
In some states, driving with a cracked car windshield is a ticket-able offense. You could be fined for driving with a damaged windshield because it is a hazard to you and others.
Many states also have different insurance reimbursement allotments for your vehicle based on if your windshield was damaged prior to a collision. You might not be covered by your insurance in the event of an accident if your windshield was previously damaged. A large number of states' insurance policies actually cover a windshield replacement entirely, so it would definitely be worth the drive to get it replaced.
If you have a cracked car windshield and are in a front-end accident, the likelihood of your windshield withstanding the collision is extremely low. The impact could shatter the glass, putting you and any passengers in danger of being impaled with glass or crushed by the weight of the windshield. A cracked windshield is extremely vulnerable and not structurally sound.
In the event of an accident that causes your vehicle to flip, a cracked windshield could be deadly. The windshield provides support to the roof of your vehicle, and if this support is damaged, the roof of your car could crush you. The statistics surrounding deaths by roll-over accidents are dramatically higher in vehicles with cracked or chipped windshields.
Airbags and Seat Belts
A solid windshield is essential for successful airbag deployment. It provides balance and support for the force of the airbag as it is deployed, thus ensuring the airbag inflates towards the passenger. If the windshield is cracked, the glass could shatter in the event of an airbag deployment, endangering the now unprotected passenger. If the passenger isn't wearing a seat belt, their odds of being ejected from the car during a collision increases.
Car windshields are put into place to protect you and the people in your car. Driving with a cracked windshield is a hazard to everyone involved, and it should be treated as soon as possible. To learn more, contact a company like John's Auto Body & Auto Salvage.