Driving with a cracked or chipped windshield is never a good idea. It’s even worse, however, when your employees are driving commercial vehicles with damaged auto glass. When you allow your drivers to operate a car that has chips or cracks along the windshield, you put both them and other drivers at risk on the highway. Below, we explore different ways that cracked or chipped auto glass could be endangering your employees.
Impaired or Distorted Vision
The larger the windshield, the more light enters the cabin of the vehicle. What this means is that the sun can shine directly in and block your vision. A cracked or chipped windshield complicates matters by refracting the sunlight like a prism and sending the beams of light in various directions. Often the light either shines directly in the driver’s eyes or crosses the line of sight. This limits vision and makes driving more dangerous.
Reduced Protection From Flying Objects
A damaged windshield is a weak windshield. Although a windshield is tempered and designed to withstand impact from heavy objects, a cracked or chipped windshield doesn’t have the strength to stop the same objects. The cracks already weaken the surface. It makes a collision even more dangerous. We can quickly repair any windshield that has minor chips or cracks. In most cases, we will not have to replace the entire glass.
Commercial Vehicle Passengers
If your employees are at risk when driving a car with a broken windshield, you can bet your passengers are as well. For instance, if you’re driving a taxi in Minneapolis or St. Paul and the car has a damaged windshield, it’s already a safety hazard for those riding in the taxi. The same thing is true for city buses, school buses, or commercial trucks. If the windshield on your car or truck is suddenly damaged, you can contact our mobile service, and we can arrive on site to fix the glass.
Reduced Windshield Wiper Performance
A chipped or cracked windshield can inhibit your windshield wipers’ ability to clear water from the surface of the glass. As the blade comes across the surface, the imperfections in the windshield keep it from contacting the glass as it should; thus, reducing the amount of water it wipes away. More rain is spread across the glass and vision is limited.
Only 1 Auto Glass: Your Solution for Auto Glass Repair
Commercial auto glass repair should be a top priority for the safety of your employees. If your car or truck is suffering from a cracked or chipped windshield, bring it to Only 1 Auto Glass for a windshield replacement or repair. We service all commercial vehicles in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area. To schedule a service, call us at 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page.