The last thing you want to happen when you’re out of town is if the car you’re driving breaks down. But you know what else is worse?
A broken windshield.
At least you have an idea on what to do if your car breaks down. It’s as simple as calling a towing service in the local area to pick up your vehicle. From there, you can just plan your next move.
But if you get a broken windshield, things can get confusing. You might ask questions like…
- What’s the first thing I need to do?
- Am I legally allowed to continue driving with a broken windshield?
- Can my windshield still be repaired or does it have to be replaced?
- Does my car insurance cover windshield damage?
Below is a quick guide on what to do if your windshield breaks out of town, plus other considerations you need to make before traveling by car.
Step #1 – Pullover and ensure the safety of your passengers
The moment you notice a crack or break on the windshield, don’t panic. Find the nearest safe spot to park and calmly pull over.
Step #2 – Assess the extent of damage to your windshield
Once you’ve made sure that everyone is safe (that is, if you have passengers), inspect your auto glass. You should be able to tell right away if the auto glass is severely damaged, or if it can still be fixed.
Signs You Need Windshield Replacement
- The windshield is cracked inside and out
- Part of the glass is caving in
- Pits and chips that are either too many, too large, or too deep
- Presence of multiple spider cracks
- Missing glass pieces
- Cracks longer than 8 inches
- Damages are bad enough to obstruct the driver’s view
Signs You Can Still Fix Your Windshield
- Windshield only has cracks and scratches on the outside
- Pits and chips are too few, too small, and too shallow
- Cracks are less than 8 inches long
- Damages are too minimal to affect the driver’s view
Step #3 – Find a car glass service center
Get in touch with a service center in the town you’re in. If your windshield looks like it needs to be replaced, see if they can tow the vehicle. You have to stop driving if your auto glass is severely compromised since it might get you into an accident. But if repairs are still possible and the windshield doesn’t compromise your safety, you can drive to an auto glass service center.
Things To Consider When Your Windshield Breaks Out Of Town
1. State laws on driving with a broken windshield
Since you’re driving by car, you should familiarize yourself with the laws of places you travel to. Knowing them ahead can help you make better decisions when your windshield breaks out of town.
For example, you can avoid legal penalties for driving in a broken windshield. You’ll also know if it’s possible to delay windshield repair and replacement. At least, until you get back to your hometown.
2. Auto insurance coverage
Before traveling, talk to your car insurance company about your windshield coverage. Inquire about potential claims and if they can provide you with roadside assistance in the city you’re headed to.