Is Your Damaged Windshield Putting Your Uber Passengers At Risk?

Uber is a great way to earn extra money while driving. All you need is the mobile app and a private vehicle, and you can make an average of $364 a month just by sharing your ride.

Sweet, right?

As an Uber driver, the least you can do is look after your passengers and ensure their safety from the moment they take your ride up until they reach their destination.

 

Why Uber Drivers Shouldn’t Drive With A Damaged Windshield

One of the most persistent problems which place Uber passengers at risk is a damaged windshield. In fact, a windshield that’s already been compromised puts everyone at risk, regardless of whether they’re on Uber or not. That includes you (the driver), your passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians.

Since you’re driving for Uber passengers, you need to be aware of the following dangers so you can keep them safe.

 

1. Glare

A tinted windshield can protect you against glare. But when it has pits and chips, light can enter the wrong way when it hits them at certain angles. The refracted light can cross your line of sight or shine directly at your eyes, thus limiting your vision. Even if it lasts for a brief moment, it’s enough to cause an accident.

Sunlight, street lamps, and the headlights of oncoming traffic are all known causes of glare.

 

2. Obstructed view

A broken windshield will have a more noticeable impact on your vision. Large cracks located on the driver’s side can prevent you from getting a clear view of the road. Not only is this a safety risk, but it’s also considered illegal to drive with a broken windshield in most states.

 

3. Impaired windshield wipers

A damaged windshield may have broken pieces of glass which, when loose, get stuck between the wiper blades. These glass chips can badly scratch your windshield and further obstruct your sight.

A cracked windshield also prevents wipers from effectively cleaning it. When the blades slide across the surface, they don’t come in contact with the glass, limiting the amount of water they could wipe away. This tends to be a problem during heavy rains and snow when visibility is poor and wipers are much-needed for road safety.

 

4. Water damage

A properly-installed windshield prevents water from getting into your vehicle. But with a broken windshield, moisture can seep into the cracks and wreak havoc on your car’s components. Some of which, like the GPS and warning light indicators, are essential to driving and useful for Uber drivers.

 

5. Injury

Windshield glass is tougher than side windows, but this no longer applies if it’s compromised. It can cave in during collision accidents and prevent airbags from deploying. A cracked windshield can also shatter and injure passengers upon impact.

Once damaged, a windshield will need repairs or replacement, depending on how bad it is. Until you have it serviced by an auto glass shop, a damaged windshield poses an immediate risk to your passengers.

Besides, people would want to ride a well-maintained vehicle. As long as you keep your car safe and in good driving condition, they would be lining up for an Uber ride!