Your vehicle’s windshield can get cracked many different ways, especially in spring. All it takes is a piece of concrete flying up from a random pothole, a sudden hailstorm, a stone tossed from the back of a construction or landscaping vehicle or something similar and you end up with a tiny nick in the glass. That nick turns into a crack, and the crack keeps growing.

Why rush to get it fixed? After all, it doesn’t seem to be hurting anything, and it isn’t bothering you right now. When money’s tight, fixing a small crack in your windshield can be the least of your worries.

Except that cracked windshield can actually put you in danger. Here’s how:

  • A cracked windshield can impair your view of the road. Even if it’s a pretty small crack right now, it will eventually broaden and splinter, and that can happen suddenly — like when you’re already on the road. Cracked windshields can particularly make it difficult to drive in rain or darkness, when many drivers already experience visibility issues.
  • It reduces the overall safety of your vehicle’s cab. If you’re involved in any kind of car accident with another vehicle, a cracked windshield can shatter faster than a whole one. That can lead to greater damage inside the vehicle — and to you and your passengers. (The insurance company may also claim you’re partially responsible for your own injuries because you were operating a vehicle that was in obvious disrepair.)
  • You could be ejected from your car more easily. Your windshield doesn’t just keep things out — it keeps you in the vehicle when there’s a wreck. Ejections can easily prove fatal during an accident.

If you have a cracked windshield, get it fixed as soon as possible. You never know when you may be involved in a car accident. If you are injured, make sure that you get experienced legal representation as soon as possible.