Is it safe to drive with a cracked windshield?

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Is it safe to drive with a cracked windshield? To put it simply: no.

Cracks and chips on your windshield are not simply cosmetic damages. Your windshield is there to protect you as a safety feature, and even minor unrepaired damage can drastically affect the outcome of an accident. Your windshield needs to have the ability to withstand impact from flying objects as well as to provide a clear view of all traffic, road signs, and pedestrians.

Small cracks and chips don’t stay that way; they only continue to grow deeper, wider, and weaker. The more they spread, the weaker the glass becomes, leaving it at greater risk of shattering with less impact than a completely intact windshield would be able to tolerate. Making sure that your windshield is pristinely repaired can make the difference between an important layer of protection or dangerous projectile shards creating extra hazard.

Larger cracks and chips can also impair your vision. Not only can they block the road, signs, and pedestrians in front of you, but they can also distort light. Fractured light further reduces visibility and can also alter your view as you drive.

Because of these potential issues, it’s important to repair or replace a cracked or chipped windshield as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

To get a free estimate on your windshield damage repair, just text us, give us a call, or visit our website at We’ll get back to you as soon as possible with your estimate. Star Collision Repair is dedicated to providing the best auto body repair for our customers in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

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