Driving with a broken or cracked windshield is ill-advised for several reasons, with one of the biggest issues being that you end up becoming a danger to yourself and others on the road. This is especially true if the crack or break is in such a place that it either impedes your view or distracts the driver. Hence, you need to get your windshield repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Another reason for being proactive about fixing the damage to the windshield is the police. The rules for driving with a broken or cracked windshield may vary from state to state, but generally, you will most likely get pulled over if your windshield isn’t clear (of debris or cracks).
Traffic Rules for Driving With a Broken or Cracked Windshield
If pulled over by a police officer, the biggest consideration they will make is regarding the location in the crack or break. If it is on the corner or is a chip at the top, they recommend you get your windshield repaired immediately.
On the other hand, if there is a chip or crack right in front of you, impairing your perception or range of sight, police officers may determine that you are a risk to yourself and others; this may lead to a warning or get a citation.
However, it isn’t illegal to drive with a broken or cracked windshield. Of course, you will need to get your car repaired somehow (unless you ask us to come to you). As long as the damage isn’t too extensive and impacts your driving ability, you may not get a ticket.
Remember, if you don’t get your windshield repaired in time, the cracks may spread. If that happens, you may have to pay more for a replacement than what the ticket would have cost.
Generally, the fine for driving with a broken or cracked windshield can range from $50 to $120, depending on how extensive the damage is. This doesn’t include court costs, though, which may add $70 to $90 to each ticket.
If you would like to get your windshield repaired or replaced quickly and cost-effectively – either by coming to us or calling us to you – give True Blue Auto Glass a call today!