It depends on where you live whether or not driving around with a crack or a chip in your windshield is illegal. That also on the size and placement of the chip or crack. As you might recall from a previous post, if the crack is near the edge of the windshield, there’s a very good chance that the structure of the windshield itself is compromised. If that’s the case, it’s not safe to drive and you need to either repair or replace the car glass.
I can tell you from my personal experience (and this is based on living in Wyoming in the United States) that you can get in legal trouble for driving around with a significantly cracked windshield. In my case, I came away with a warning, but I have a feeling that if I didn’t get that car repaired, I would have faced a substantial fine, and rightly so. The cracks on my windshield could have been considered significant enough 2 compromise the Integrity of the windshield and put myself and other drivers on the road in danger.
If the damage on your windshield is relatively small, this means a crack or a chip that is small and maybe toward the centre of the windshield, then you may not have anything to worry about. Some states and territories are more strict about this than others, what if your windshield is significantly cracked or damaged or the Integrity of the windshields structure is compromised, there’s a very good chance you could get in serious trouble if you don’t have the vehicle repaired as soon as possible.
If you’re at all unsure of what the law is in your area, you could always call a local official or the police department to make sure that you’re in the right before you take your vehicle back out on the road. It really is better to be safe than sorry, not only for yourself and for your vehicle, but for the other drivers and vehicles on the road.