Reasons to Not Drive With a Cracked Windshield

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Windshields sustain cracks for a variety of reasons. And while cracked windshields are fairly common, there’s a reason there are federal regulations regarding driving with a damaged windshield. Diamond Auto Glass offers windshield tinting in Winslow, AZ, but we also specialize in automotive glass.

Read on as we outline why you shouldn’t be driving around with a cracked windshield and how our auto glass repair and windshield tinting services can be of assistance to you.

What’s Permissible?

In Arizona, vehicle drivers are not allowed to drive with anything that might obstruct their view of the road. As for windshield chips and cracks, they should not be within the critical vision area – so as long as the damage is not located within two inches from the top and an inch from the side of the steering wheel (where the driver’s view would be), then it’s fine to drive.

Cracks, however, should not be bigger than ¾ of an inch or be within 3” of another crack. Some cracks might be too subtle to notice, but we can take a look at your windshield for you the next time you come in for window tinting repair.

Why You Still Shouldn’t Drive With a Cracked Windshield

While there’s a bit of a leeway regarding driving with cracked windshields, there are other reasons why you still shouldn’t do it. Firstly, there are safety issues. Car window tinting can mask the appearance of cracks, but a compromised windshield won’t be able to fully carry out what it’s supposed to do.

The longer you drive with a cracked windshield, the worse the damage will be. Needless to say, by the time that chip becomes big enough to notice, you’re going to be needing more than a window tinting replacement.

Don’t take chances, especially when it comes to your windshield. If you need any assistance, contact Diamond Auto Glass to set up an appointment.

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