As you prepare for your next road trip, don't spend all your time under the hood. You should also spend some time inspecting the condition of your windshield glass. If you notice any cracks or chipping, you need to have the glass repaired or replaced before you hit the road. Don't think it's important? Learn just why you don't want to go on a road trip with a damaged windshield.
State laws as they pertain to windshield cracks and chips are not the same all around. In your state, a small crack on the driver's side might not meet the citation threshold, but if the laws in the state you are traveling to are more aggressive, there might be a problem.
Being pulled over while on vacation is never the sign of a good time, and paying a fine in another state is even less enjoyable. Additionally, even though you received the violation while in another state, it might still go on your record.
When glass is chipped or cracked, it becomes unstable and is at an elevated risk of shattering. On a road trip, you will spend a great deal of time traveling on the highway and at high speeds. Highway travel is so dangerous in this instance because the increased speed of your vehicle against the wind resistance puts an increased amount of pressure on the glass.
Ultimately, the increased pressure will make the glass even more prone to damage. Keep in mind that the glass can shatter, even while you are driving. Undergo glass repair beforehand so that you can stay safe at all times.
GPS and navigation systems are great tools when you aren't familiar with the area you're traveling around. However, nothing can help when you're lost more than the ability to get a clear view of the area around you. Chips and cracks limit your visibility, even if they are not on the driver's side.
If you don't know where you are going and you cannot clearly see out of the glass, you can quickly find yourself in a stressful situation. In the event your reduced visibility leads to an accident, you could even be found at fault for the incident.
To ensure you have a fun, and safe, vacation, set aside time to have your windshield repaired before you leave. With on-site service, you can literally have your glass repaired, right from the comfort of your home.