To prevent a windshield from further damage, keep the glass away from extreme temperatures and rough vibrations. The cracks ruin the structural integrity of the glass and make it fragile.
A small crack on a windshield is safe to maintain as long as it is under 12 inches in length. Larger cracks risk collapsing the whole piece of glass from any rough vibrations.
Tips to maintain cracked windshields
- Do not wash the vehicle: Water has the potential to seep into and further expand the cracks.
- Keep the glass in the shade: The sun can warm the glass, which will weaken the crack more.
- Be wary of the air conditioner: Turning the air conditioner on too cold can risk damaging the glass.