Windscreen chips and cracks could make your car unroadworthy, and you could receive a fine if the crack is in sight of your driving.

Is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen?

Strictly speaking, it is not illegal to drive with a cracked or chipped windscreen, however, it could render your vehicle as ‘a dangerous vehicle’, which could give rise to the police issuing a penalty notice if you are caught.

Can cracks in windshields be repaired?

The good news is cracks and chips can be repaired. If a chip or crack is six inches or smaller, you can get a repair job at your nearest repair centre. However, if the crack is too deep or larger than six inches and in view of your driving, then a  full windshield replacement will be required.

Windshield repair technology is significantly advancing, and the ability to repair large chips or cracks changes often. So, if you have been to a specialist before and not had much luck, then it is always worth going back if you have further damage in the future. Generally speaking, chips smaller than three inches long can be easily repaired.