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It doesn’t matter where you’re going, disaster can strike anywhere. Whether you’re going to the grocery store, starting your morning commute, or heading to the river on a gravel road, any number of objects can fly up and hit your windshield, causing it to crack. The question isn’t where this can happen, but what to do when it does. Do you keep driving? A windshield crack is a cause for concern, but it doesn’t have to put you into full-fledged panic mode. Instead of assuming something like this will never happen to you, it’s better to think about what the best course of action will be in case it does happen. Here are a few things to think about when you’re deciding what to do in this scenario.

Check the Windshield Crack Location

Depending on the location of the crack, you may be able to continue driving (with caution) until you can make it to an auto glass repair shop. If the crack is large and obstructs your view of driving safely, then you may want to call roadside assistance. Driving without a clear view of the road can put you and others in danger, as well as put you at risk of getting pulled over. If the crack isn’t in your field of vision and you can see the road clearly, then proceed to drive somewhere that you can further inspect the damage and figure out your repair options.

Windshield Stability

A car’s windshield plays a big role in safety because it helps secure the structure of the vehicle. While a small crack won’t immediately sacrifice the integrity of your windshield, a larger one might. If the crack is near the edge of the windshield where it meets the metal framing or if it starts to grow across the windshield, you will not want to continue driving. If you do, you will be at risk of the glass shattering or the roof caving in if you were to be involved in a crash.

Road to Repair

Now that you’ve managed to get to a safe spot, either by driving carefully or calling someone to pick you up, you can begin to think about what kind of repair you need to fix the windshield crack. If the crack is small, it is likely that it can be filled in. If you have a large crack running through your windshield, you might need to get it completely replaced. Our Fast Glass professionals will be able to assess the damage and get you on track to best suit your needs.

A windshield crack can be a mood-killer, but it doesn’t have to ruin your entire day. These steps are meant to guide you to safety in case it ever happens to you. Instead of letting panic ensue, stay calm and consider your next step. Whatever you do, remember that our team can help you through the decision-making process and get you back on the road. All you have to do is get here!