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Here is a scenario for you. You are driving down to the Golden Eagle Regional Park from your home in Reno, but before you start, you realize there is a crack on your windshield and instead of stopping to mend your glass at one out of the many windshield repair companies in Reno, you choose to ignore this crack and make your way to the City of Sparks.

You don't know it yet, but you have just set in motion the wheels of a tragedy.

You are driving on the highway and you find the crack has expanded suddenly and is obstructing your view. And just when you think of pulling over, BANG, you are involved in a collision, just because the crack in the windshield prevented you from making a safe driving decision. In a worst case scenario, this can lead to a life threatening injury. You are lucky because this is just a hypothetical scenario being played out for you. But, this could turn into a nightmarish reality if you don't make it a point to repair your car's damaged windshield, as soon as you see something wrong with it.

Still not convinced? Let's take a look at five more reasons why it's imperative that you get your windshield repaired as soon as it's damaged:

1. Blocks your View

If you can't see properly through the windshield while driving on the highway, or on any road for that matter, you are a sitting duck for accidents. A cracked windshield that blocks a part of your view is a recipe for disaster. You might not be able to see a pedestrian or a car that has just signaled its changing lanes and you might drive your car right into them. Even a small chip or a crack has the potential to expand unexpectedly and affect your view while you are driving. Therefore, taking a risk doesn't make any sense at all. So, why take it?

2. Compromises Structural Integrity of your Car

You might not know it, but the roof of your car, stays on top of your care because of the windshield. If this windshield develops a crack, the integrity of the support structure is compromised at multiple levels. This comes to the fore if you are involved in an accident and because your windshield has a crack, the roof comes crashing down. This could happen even in the case of a minor accident, and you can very well imagine the injuries this might cause. This is again a situation that you don't want to be in.

3. It compromises your Car Safety net

Everybody knows that airbags and seat belts are a part of the safety restraints system of an automobile. But, what you might not know is that even your windshield is an essential safety component of your car. It comes into play in head on collisions when it prevents passengers from ejecting the car. Even if you don't have the seat belt on, the windshield can still protect you from being thrown out of the car. But, this is only if your windshield isn't damaged. A damaged windshield far from protecting you, can actually accentuate your injuries.

4. It's Illegal

Even a minor crack on your windshield means you can get pulled over in some States. The laws for driving with a damaged windshield are stringent and any damage to your windshield can damage your finances. In some States the position of the damage determines the nature of your fine, while in some States it's the extent of the windshield damage that determine whether you will be slapped with a fine or not. But forget about it being illegal. If you have a damaged windshield on your hands, there is really no reason why you shouldn't get it repaired, pronto!

5. Otherwise you will need to replace it

Replacing a windshield is more expensive than repairing it. So, why avoid repairing it. If you continue driving with cracked windshield delaying the repairs, the damage will just go on increasing. So, what was a tiny crack on Monday can enlarge into a crack that just cannot be repaired. In such cases, you might have to pay through your nose to get your windshield replaced. So, it's important to get the damage repaired on an immediate basis.

There is a section of people who believe getting the most out of their windshield, irrespective of the extent of its damage is worth it because this allows them to save a bit of money. These people just say to themselves, "Oh! I will just drive a little slowly and peer even more closely through the windshield!" What they don't realize is that they are putting their lives and that of everybody else at great risk. Is this a risk really worth taking?

It's important to drive responsibly on highways and one aspect of this is vehicle maintenance. If you are driving with a cracked windshield, you aren't really being very responsible. Don't make this mistake. To drive safely, you need every part of your car to function smoothly, including your windshield. So repair it as soon as it's damaged.