Is A Car With A Broken Window Dangerous To Drive?

Broken windows will happen. Whether it's the result of an accident or some hooligan throwing a rock at you, at the end of the day, you'll have to deal with a broken car window at some point in time. The question most car owners grapple with in such situations is how quickly do they need to act to fix a broken window.

This question also leads to another more important question which is whether or not it's safe to drive a car with a broken window.

Structural Integrity of Modern Vehicles

In the past, many vehicles relied on the frame of the car to preserve its structural integrity. However, in modern, lighter cars, all parts of the vehicle's exterior are important to its structural integrity. This includes the windows, especially the windscreen.

When the structural integrity of a window is compromised, e.g. by a crack, the integrity of the rest of the body will be affected as well. This would make it collapse more easily in case the vehicle is flipped over on its roof.

Distraction-Free Driving

Anything that takes your attention away from the road or prevents you from seeing clearly, even for a moment, can lead to an accident. At the speed at which vehicles move, it also doesn't take much for an accident to take place. Therefore, if the sun reflects off a broken part of the window and into your eye, causing you to be temporarily blinded, there is a significant risk of an accident taking place.

This is why it's usually recommended that drivers avoid anything that could distract them, or in this case, blind them when they are driving.

Get Your Broken Window Fixed ASAP

It goes without saying that driving a car with a broken window can be quite dangerous under certain circumstances. Since it's impossible to anticipate these circumstances, it's advisable to err on the side of caution.

Having your window repaired may seem like an inconvenience but it's an inconvenience that could save your life. Depending on how serious the damage is, it may not even be a good idea to drive your car to the auto glass repair shop. Luckily, many shops also offer a mobile service where they can come to wherever you are and repair your window. The advantages of this service are that you don't expose yourself to any danger and you can also go about your other business.