As experts in the windscreen industry, this a question we’re asked often: is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen. The short answer is yes. But it’s a little more complex than that. You see, the illegality of a cracked windscreen doesn’t necessarily come from the crack itself. The illegal part is the obstruction to your vision. So, by that reasoning, you could potentially have a cracked windscreen without it being illegal – provided it’s not in your line of sight.
But you have to remember that your line of sight isn’t solely in front of you. When you’re driving, you need to be able to assess the roadside, and side roads as well. So even if your crack is a little off the centre of your vision, it might be a little off centre of the law as well!
Can you get fined for driving with a cracked windscreen?
So if it’s illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen, does that mean there’s a fine involved? Well, that depends on some of the things we mentioned above. It also depends on who pulls you up for it. If there’s an obvious, and dangerous crack obstructing your vision, chances are there’s a fine coming. But if your crack is well out of the way, and there’s no evidence that it’s blocking your view of the road, a fine is less likely.
So why is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen?
We’ve all seen cracked windscreens before, and they don’t always cover your whole view of the road. So why are they illegal? Well, there’s some pretty compelling reasons. First, it’s important to draw a line in the sand when it comes to vehicle maintenance. We all use the roads, and we want to make sure that everyone is keeping their car in good condition, so accidents are less likely. That means it’s important to put down the foot when minor damage starts to affect things like driver vision of the road.
Autoglass loses its safety when it loses its integrity – that’s why a cracked windscreen is bad
Another compelling reason to keep your windscreen in good repair is personal safety. As the driver, you rely on your windscreen to keep out potentially fatal debris – such as stones and sticks. If you’re barrelling down the highway at 100, you want as much protection as possible from even the smallest stones. The same applies if you’re in an accident. However, if your windscreen is cracked, its strength and integrity are compromised. Autoglass is reliant on its structural integrity for much of its strength. And when you crack autoglass, that structural integrity is compromised.
Cracked windscreens only get worse too, so if it’s not illegal now, it soon will be!
If windscreen cracks are only illegal when they obstruct your vision, does that mean you can ride it out with a small crack now? Well, not really. The reason for that is simple: windscreen cracks get bigger by the day. Every sudden change in temperature and every sudden impact allows those cracks to creep a little further across your windscreen. Sooner or later, it will find its way into your line of sight!
Take your windscreen to the experts as soon as it’s chipped – you might be able to prevent cracks!
If your windscreen is cracked, or even chipped, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Chips become cracks, and cracks quickly become illegal. So speak to the windscreen replacement experts, and see if you can stop the damage in its tracks.