If you’ve ever noticed damage to your windshield, you’ve probably wondered whether or not it’s worth addressing. Since windshield damage, including chips and cracks, is such a common issue and caused by simple things like flying rocks, ice, or other debris/impacts, many drivers choose to ignore it. If the chip or crack isn’t impairing your visibility, is it worth addressing?
You may be surprised to find out that chipped or cracked windshields are actually much more dangerous than you think. Rather than just being a cosmetic issue, windshield damage can be serious and threaten the safety of your passengers. Here are some reasons why safety experts consider damaged windshields to be so dangerous.
Compromised structural integrity and stability: When you’re in a front-end collision, your windshield helps transfer the impact force to your vehicle’s chassis and diverts it away from inside the vehicle and your passengers. If your windshield is already damaged when you get in an accident, it’s more likely to shatter and potentially injure passengers.
Increased risk during roll-over accidents: Although ostensibly a window, windshields actually add structural support to vehicles. For instance, if you are in a roll-over accident, your windshield can help prevent your car’s roof from caving in. However, if your windshield is already damaged and has weakened structural integrity, you have an increased risk of serious injury if the windshield shatters and the roof caves in.
Greater likelihood of ejection from vehicle in the event of an accident: If you’re in an accident or collision and you don’t have a seatbelt on, the windshield is your next layer of protection from being ejected from the vehicle. However, if your windshield is chipped or cracked, it won’t provide this layer of protection if it shatters.
Reduce efficacy of airbags: Airbags deploy at an incredibly fast speed, and windshields are often used as a backstop to make sure that they deploy towards the front passengers. However, if the structural integrity of the windshield is unsound, airbags can instead shatter the windshield and neglect protecting the passenger. Such an event leaves passengers without the protection of an airbag or windshield.
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