The windshield is what protects you and your passengers from any debris from the road surface that could come into the vehicle and harm you. Some things that may hit the windshield are rocks, trash, cigarette butts, and other debris. Without the windshield, these items could come into the vehicle and hurt you. It is important to keep the windshield in good condition so it can do its job to protect you and your passengers. If the windshield is cracked, chipped, or broken in any way, it will not be able to do its job to deflect the debris. A windshield that is damaged can significantly decrease the safety of everyone in the vehicle. Having a broken or cracked windshield can make it easier for debris to come through the windshield. It may also have to possibility for glass to fly your way as well.
It is also important that you maintain a clear view of the road at all times while driving, day or night. If the windshield is cracked or chipped, it can decrease your visibility while driving. The damaged areas of the windshield can be distracting as you drive. The crack or chip may also hide something that may be in the road that you will want to avoid.
Make sure to get any windshield repairs completed as soon as you can since a damaged windshield can be unsafe. The longer you go without repairing the windshield, the more time the crack or chip has to spread and weaken the windshield. As you wait to fix it, the cracks have the possibility to keep spreading and getting larger. This will then result in the windshield becoming harder to repair, and a potentially higher repair bill. The areas around the damage on the windshield can also weaken over time. Waiting too long to repair it may result in the entire windshield needing to be replaced. If you notice anything, even the smallest crack or chip, make sure to take your vehicle in so the windshield can be repaired before it becomes a larger issue.