In a perfect world, you’d schedule a service appointment at your local auto glass repair shop as soon as your windshield, side window, or rear window suffered a chip or crack. But in a realistic world, you’re busy, strapped for time, and might not be able to make it to the auto glass repair shop to get your window fixed.


So how long can you drive around with a chipped or cracked vehicle window? More importantly, will you be safe if you do continue driving? Read on to find out.


Is There Glass Damage in Your Line of Sight?

Your ability to see clearly while driving is the first thing you’ll want to consider when determining whether it’s safe to continue driving with damaged auto glass. If you’re dealing with a small crack or chip that’s not on your windshield and that doesn’t interfere with your rear view, it may be safe to continue driving for a short while.


However, you should only continue operating your vehicle with the damage present for a (very) limited amount of time until you can get to an auto glass repair shop. Even if the damage doesn’t impede your line of sight on the road, it’s in your best interest to get it repaired within a few days, maximum.


How Big Is the Crack or Chip?

The bigger the damaged area is, the more likely it will grow (and grow quickly). If you’re looking at a crack that’s longer than an inch or two, get it repaired as soon as you possibly can, ideally within a couple of days. If you’ve got a chip that’s bigger than a dime or one with small cracks extending from the center, it’s in your best interest to find alternative transportation until you can get your class fixed.


Do You Have Advanced Driver Safety Systems?

If you own a newer-model vehicle — one that has lane assist, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced safety features — you shouldn’t drive with damaged auto glass. Advanced Driver Safety Systems (ADAS) use sensors and cameras that may not function properly when there are cracks or chips in your windshield or rear window.


Find alternate transportation until you take care of the necessary auto glass repairs or schedule a mobile repair, if possible. Just make sure you schedule your appointment with an auto glass repair shop that specializes in ADAS calibration (like Only 1 Auto Glass!) so they can properly recalibrate the cameras and sensors once the repair is complete.


What Does the Weather Look Like?

If the forecast calls for freezing temperatures or super warm days, you’ll want to avoid driving with damaged auto glass. Extreme temperatures (both cold and hot), as well as drastic temperature fluctuations, can cause your auto glass to expand and contract, which may force the existing chip or crack to grow rapidly.


Schedule Twin Cities Auto Glass Repairs With Only 1 Auto Glass

If you’re dealing with a chip or crack in your auto glass, get in touch with our team at Only 1 Auto Glass to schedule mobile or in-shop repairs at one of our many Twin Cities locations today! Our technicians are certified by the Auto Glass Safely Council and specialize in ADAS calibration to ensure your vehicle stays as safe as possible on the road.


To set up an appointment or learn more about how we can help you, feel free to call us today at 651-789-1111 or request a free estimate, and we’ll get in touch!