If you’re like most drivers, you’ve probably driven a car with a cracked windshield before. It may not have seemed like a big deal, as windshield cracks often aren’t a problem that requires an immediate resolution. On the other hand, if you’ve ever seen a windshield crack get bigger over time or result in an utter failure as the window degenerates into uselessness, you understand how important it is to conduct routine maintenance and have a windshield repaired or replaced as needed.

Types of Cracks

Aside from a totally smashed window, there are two typical types of windshield cracks. The first is the “pebble crack” because it looks like a pebble hit your windshield. It’s a small crack, with the beginnings of what appears to be a spider web formation of further cracks forming. The pebble crack does one of two things- it either remains as is for years to come, or the spiderweb cracks get bigger daily until the windshield absolutely has to be replaced.

The second type of crack is the long single one. This type of crack is actually worse than the pebble crack because it compromises the structure of your windshield. It may not seem to be an issue to be immediately addressed, but you’re running on borrowed time with a long crack across your windshield. It may take an extreme hailstorm or sub-freezing temperatures, or may simply happen on a hot day. Eventually, that cracked window is going to collapse and leave your car undrivable without a windshield.

Local Laws and Inspections

Local laws across the country say you aren’t supposed to drive a car with a cracked windshield. Typically, whether you’re dealing with a police officer or a mechanic conducting an inspection, there is room for a bit of discretion toward how to apply the law in practicality. It boils down to the visibility you have. If you can see the road and drive safely, a windshield crack is an issue that needs to be addressed but not an immediate concern. Be aware the crack is not only cosmetic but structural and needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

Windshield cracks may not seem to be a priority, but it is important to have fixed. Temporary procrastination may be okay in the short term, but you need to contact a car window repair company and have your windshield brought up to standard safety requirements rather than allowing the problem to persist.