Smashed your back window? Here’s what to do about it.

Smashed your back window? Here’s what to do about it.

Having a smashed back windscreen can be a messy situation to clean up. With glass going everywhere and your car being more vulnerable without the back protection, you’ll need to get it fixed up as soon as you can. In the meantime, there are a few temporary fixes that you might want to consider before getting that full windscreen replacement. If at any time you do feel unsafe and want to get the issue sorted, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Champion Autoglass.

Can you drive with a broken rear windscreen?

Aside from being a real pain, having a smashed rear window leaves your car open to theft and damage from rain and wind. But if you’re wanting to get it fixed ASAP, can you drive with a broken rear windscreen? If it’s just the rear windscreen that’s been damaged, you’re probably able to drive down to our workshop in order to get it fixed. As long as your two wing mirrors are in good knick and give you good rear visibility, you should be set.

The main factor to think about is whether you can safely drive the car without the worry of it affecting your vision out on the roads. If you’re comfortable with driving it in this condition, then you’re welcome to make your way to us to get it fixed.

What are some temporary fixes for the problem?

Although you’ll need to get the window replaced at some stage (preferably earlier rather than later) there are a couple of temporary fixes you can make in the meantime. After carefully cleaning up the broken glass from inside the car and around the outside with proper protective equipment, think about doing one of the following:

  • Taping up the back
  • You’ve probably seen a few people do this to their side and back windows with rubbish bags, but securely taping up your back windscreen can be a quick and easy temporary fix before you get it replaced. Running tape along the frame of the back window and making sure the bag is taut are the real key points here.

  • Using plastic as a cover
  • If you’ve got some heavy-duty plastic on hand, you might want to think about taping the plastic into the space left by the broken window. You can use some duct tape to hold the plastic firmly in position in the back window frame. The main goal here is to provide your car with some level of protection until you get it properly fixed.

Once again, these are just temporary little fixes. We always recommend you get the issue seen to by a professional as soon as you can. We understand that not everyone has the time to get it fixed immediately but try and schedule a time in with Champion Autoglass when it suits you.

Call the experts at Champion Autoglass

If you find yourself in the position where you have a smashed back windscreen and are worried about what to do next, call the experts at Champion Autoglass. We can advise you on the most suitable solution to your problem, offering full windscreen replacement in Midland. Unfortunately, your rear and side windows aren’t able to be repaired like your front windscreen can sometimes be.

If you’re feeling unsafe or aren’t confident in driving, we’ll come to you. Our glass replacement services are all mobile, so you won’t have to worry about making your way to us. Give Steve a call today on 0405 551 188, or if you’d like a quote, feel free to fill out our contact form to give us the rundown on your smashed back window.




Steve has been in the mobile autoglass game for over 17 years, and with over 80 5-star reviews on his personal work on Google, it’s pretty evident that he knows what he’s talking about. Read Steve’s personal tips & advice on all your autoglass questions!