Windshields are important parts of a car. They protect us and give us a measure of safety while driving and while in the car. Since it’s made up of glass it’s subject to cracks. Sometimes some car owners tend to ignore these cracks. But what can happen if these cracks are ignored? Does this pose an extreme safety issue? Or something to ignore?
Damaged windshields are not safe
Any structural damage to a windshield already compromises its ability to protect you in situations when needed. If the glass has cracks, chips, or missing pieces, then the odds are against you in the case of a collision.
Your vision is obstructed
Driving around with a cracked windshield can greatly impact your road vision, hindering your driving and maneuvering. This can have dangerous and even fatal consequences. A clear and intact windshield is what ensures that you see the road ahead in its entirety and maneuver your vehicle accordingly.
Your car loses roof support
Your vehicle’s structural integrity is strongly dependent on its windshield. This is especially true for the car’s roof which is supported by the windshield in most automobiles, and can become quite weak if the windshield suffers a crack or damage of any sort. The windshield is what aids the roof and keeps it intact in unfortunate rollover accidents. Thus, a broken windshield will not have the strength to provide sufficient support to the car’s roof in such circumstances, which may then collapse due to the car’s weight.
Your airbags may malfunction
In cases of collision, the vehicle’s airbags deploy in a way such that they cushion the impact and help prevent injuries. When the airbags deploy, they expand against the windshield and project towards the driver and the passenger in the front seats, securing them. However, a cracked windshield can interfere with this action.
A damaged windshield will be unable to support the force exerted upon it by the inflating airbags. This can cause the windshield to break and the airbags to expand outside the car instead. In a situation like this, neither the windshield nor the airbags will be able to keep you safe and can cause quite a severe injury instead.
Never take a crack on the windshield lightly! It may appear as a minor inconvenience at first, especially if the crack is not too large or spread out, but it can have major consequences on you and your car’s protection while driving. We have windshield repair professionals that you can contact by scheduling an inspection and repair appointment. Visit Make an appointment and be contacted within 24 hours.