Is It Legal to Drive With a Cracked Windscreen?

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Is It Legal to Drive With a Cracked Windscreen?

A cracked windscreen is more than an inconvenience; it can obstruct your view, it may be the cause of a failed roadworthy assessment, it is unsafe, and then there is the legal aspect. But whether it is legal to drive with a cracked windscreen, it’s not something you should just leave. Your modestly sized crack may quickly spread under the right (or wrong) circumstances. The more extensive the damage to your windscreen, the more likely you are to have to replace your windscreen entirely, and you may get into a spot of trouble with the law.

Is That Crack Legal?

When you get stopped in a routine check, the police may look at your car and licence. You will likely receive a fine if anything is out of the ordinary. While driving with a crack in your windscreen is not entirely legal, technically, it is defined as a traffic offence. They won’t throw you in jail, but it is a serious matter that needs to be seen to and you may be issued a fine. Your best bet is to get the crack in your windscreen dealt with as soon as possible before you get stopped a second time for the same infringement.

What’s The Damage?

If the damage to your windscreen is minimal, you probably don’t have to worry about getting a fine. If the crack is large or in your field of vision, the crack will be fine-worthy. In cases where the vehicle is deemed unroadworthy to a high degree, you may have to have your vehicle towed. In other instances, you may be subject to fines between $116 and $464, and up to three demerit points depending on the type and extent of the damage. So, how much windscreen damage is cause for concern?

Sizing Up the Crack

It’s never a good idea to drive around with a crack in your windscreen because it will spread. If the crack wasn’t large to begin with, there’s a chance it could soon be too big to repair–and big enough to warrant the attention of a traffic cop.

You are likely to get a fine if:

  • The crack penetrates deeper than the first layer of glass
  • The damage is larger than about 16mm in diameter
  • If a crack is longer than 150mm; in ACT and NSW, the hairline crack can be no longer than 30mm long
  • A crack from the windscreen’s edge up to 75mm long
  • The damage affects your ability to see the road

The laws on windscreen damage are strict because cracks affect your windscreen’s integrity, making it less safe in the event of an accident and even potentially affecting the deployment of an airbag. Before you get a fine or that crack spreads, best you get it fixed. Get in touch with Instant Windscreens today to get your windscreen repaired or replaced. One of our friendly representatives can come to your work or home, or you can pop into your nearest branch.

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