Having a crack on your windscreen can, but shouldn’t, be a common occurrence for some motorists. Those car owners who have cracks on their windscreens may be reluctant to deal with the problem especially if the crack is not in the line of sight for the driver.
Everyone should however be aware that driving with a cracked windscreen can be considered a traffic offence, not to mention a danger to the passengers inside the vehicle and other road users or pedestrians.
Have a Windscreen Crack?
If you have any cracks on your windscreen we strongly advise you to contact us or a local automotive glass specialist. We can assess the damage to rectify the issue as soon as possible.
Driving with a damaged windscreen, regardless of the legalities reduces the strength of the windscreen which can cause more damage to your vehicle in an accident. This can also result in increased injuries for the passengers of the vehicle.
Even small areas of damage can rapidly spread and worsen the situation. When you have a cracked windscreen, especially in regions with harsh weather conditions like Australia or even bad roads, the windscreen glass is less likely to withstand the pressures and vibrations caused by driving.
Take for example freezing weather and a cracked windscreen. The crack on the windscreen can suddenly expand if subjected to heating inside the vehicle. This may mean a simple windscreen repair job turns into a more expensive windscreen replacement.
When a Windscreen Crack is Illegal in NSW
If all you are concerned about are the actual legalities then here you go. According to Safety Rules on NSW government website:
A windscreen will not pass a Safety Check inspection if it has any two or more of the following on the drivers half of the windscreen:
- A hairline crack up to 30mm
- A crack from the edge up to 75mm
- A bulseye crack up to 16mmm
So if you car’s windscreen has either one of these cracks that are longer than those mentioned above or more than 2 of these allowed size limits cracks, your vehicle will be illegal to drive on NSW roads.
Repair Your Windscreen Damage ASAP
As mentioned your windscreen damage may technically be legal to drive but doing so is only putting yourself and others at risk. The region that is directly in front of the driver is the most critical part of the windscreen.
Damage in the driver’s line of sight is especially vital as it can interfere with visibility when driving. This in turn increases the chances of an accident occurring thus endangering the lives of passengers inside the vehicle and anyone the vehicle may come in contact with.
It is however advisable not just to be concerned with the area in front of the driver only but also other areas of the windscreen.
The windscreen as we have noted, is important in protecting you and your passengers in the vehicle. To show just how important the windscreen is in the event of an accident, we can look at the mechanism of an air bag.
An air bag which deploys in the event of an accident, strikes the windscreen with considerable force. In a case that the windscreen is cracked, the air bag deploys through the windscreen instead of forward towards the driver and co-driver. This can bring very serious consequences and injuries on the passengers.
If you are unfortunate to have a cracked windscreen, you should not take it for granted as it can pose a greater risk than simply getting a fine.