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Dangers of Driving With a Cracked Windshield

June 6, 2015
By Jeffery White

Heavy truck drivers may not feel that a crack in their windshield poses much of a problem, especially if it is small. Sure, they know that a broken windshield needs professional repair, but what about a small chip or crack? Are they dangerous? Even on a large vehicle, they can actually present quite a few problems. Getting them repaired sooner rather than later is very important and it should occur before taking the truck out on the next trip.

When there is even a small crack to the windshield, it means that the structural integrity has been compromised. This means that a smaller impact down the line could cause a much larger break in the windshield. Damaged windshields could mean a greater risk of injury in the event of an accident, and it could make ejection from the vehicle more likely.

Drivers should follow some simple tips to help reduce the chance of getting a crack in their windshield. First, they should make sure they are not following other rigs too closely, as they can kick up rocks that could hit the windshield. They should also make sure that they park away from areas where there is the potential for natural hazards as well as vandalism. Consider insurance as well. Some insurance companies require that the vehicle be in top operating condition in order to operate. If there is a crack in the windshield, it could actually invalidate some insurance policies.

The cost of replacing and repairing a windshield is often greater than replacing that of a personal vehicle, such as a car. The windshield is larger, so this makes sense. However, it is essential. In some cases, it will not need to have a complete replacement. Instead, all it will need is a repair.

It is important that you do not try to use any of the DIY methods of repairing cracks though, as these may only provide you with a cosmetic change. Instead, you need to work with professionals who have experience working with windshields for big rigs. They can let you know if you need a simple repair or a full replacement. If you find any issues with the windshield, make sure that you take care of it as soon as possible.

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