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Damaged Windshield Florida Statute

Can I get a ticket for a damaged windshield?

Florida statute 316.610 reads:

It is a violation of this chapter for any person to drive or move, or for the owner or his or her duly authorized representative to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this chapter, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter, or for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required under this chapter.

In case you just skipped over the technical jargon, it means the police can stop you if they believe your car is unsafe, like a damaged windshield. Also, it is a primary offense, meaning you do not have to be doing anything else wrong for them to stop you. You can have your hands at “ten and two”, going three miles under the speed limit and maintaining your car in the lane perfectly…but if your windshield is cracked, you may still see sirens in your rearview mirror.

What’s the Outcome?

You can be facing a variety of unfavorable outcomes. If the police officer lets you off with a warning, then you will still have to spend several anxiety filled minutes alongside the road. If the police officer writes you a ticket, then you will either have to pay it or get the windshield fixed within 30 days AND either mail in proof of the correction or bring proof (depending on the county) to the county clerk’s office where you were ticketed. However, if the police officer decides your vehicle is not safe to drive, then you could be forced to have it towed at a substantial cost…and, of course, the ticket. While the last scenario may seem unlikely, Florida Statutes do not specify what the measurements, length, or placement of windshield damage would be to render a vehicle unsafe to drive. Therefore, it is up to the police officer’s discretion.  Continue reading

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Why Mobile Repair is Easier

This is a repost of a previous blog. Schedules get busier around the holidays. Try our mobile service so there’s no interruption in your daily schedule.

When your windshield is damaged, figuring out what to do, who to call, and how to get to a repair shop can be exhausting. To make things easier for you, we are showing you why a mobile windshield repair is the way to go. There are many reasons to choose a mobile repair. One of them is that it is better than a regular repair in so many ways. Continue reading

Tips for When You Need a Windshield Glass Repair

cracksSometimes, our car glass, particularly the windshield, cracks. This doesn’t mean that we’re to blame. A number of things out of our control could have gotten wrong, such as a pebble hitting the glass or a walnut falling from a tree. However, it is in our control that we get a windshield glass repair as soon as we can in order to fix the crack and keep other glass and car problems at bay. Here are some tips for when you find your car glass cracked and need to take action:

Go to a Professional Auto Glass Shop As Soon As Possible – No matter how tiny the crack is, you should never delay getting a windshield glass repair. The longer you wait, the more the crack will spread into many fissures, splitting off in different directions, and leading the glass to ultimately shatter. Plus, you really, really (this cannot be stressed enough) don’t want to be driving when the used-to-be-tiny crack on your windshield suddenly shatters into millions of pieces in your face. When you have a crack in the glass, anything can cause it to spread and break, including rain and driving over road bumps. So as soon as you see a crack, or even a chip, make a note to go to a professional auto glass shop as soon as you can. Don’t wait a week or longer. Within the next two days, you should have your windshield fixed. Though, if the crack is big, refrain from driving your car and find another method of transportation.

In the Meanwhile . . . Examine the Crack – Even if you scheduled some time to take your car to an auto shop and fix the windshield crack, it’s important that you inspect it yourself as soon as it occurs. For instance, if you’re driving to work when a pebble from the road suddenly hits the glass, you should stop when you get the chance and take a look at the situation.

How bad is the crack and where is it located on the windshield? If the damage is just a tiny chip, you’re not in a big risk, which means that you can temporarily drive your car until you go to an auto shop within the next few days.

On the other hand . . .

If the damage is a major crack that’s splitting in many directions, you should probably avoid driving and instead call a mobile windshield repair professional to come. This also holds true if the crack is obstructing the driver’s view.

Temporary Solutions (Can Help for a Day or Two) – There are, of course, temporary solutions that you can do from home, like using an auto glass repair kit. If the damage on your windshield is minimal, like a small chip, then it is safe to rely on one of these kits for a temporary repair. Yet, keep in mind that you will still need to take your car to an auto shop for a professional windshield glass repair. Nevertheless, if the glass has a big crack in it, it is really not recommended that you use an at-home kit. Many things can go askew, and if you damage the glass further, it could cause the roof of your car to collapse, since the windshield plays an important role in supporting the roof.

Future Precautions – In order to prevent cracks from ruining the windshield, it’s crucial to regularly check on the status of the glass. Knowing if there are any chips can help you repair them before they turn into cracks. Furthermore, don’t use regular sponges to clean the glass. Purchase a microfiber cloth; it won’t scratch or cause damage. Though, what’s really important toward protecting the windshield is to frequently clean the glass and windshield wipers.

Next time you find yourself dealing with a car glass damage, it is essential that you get immediate windshield glass repair. You’ll be doing what’s right in maintaining your car and keeping yourself safe when you drive.