Cracked windshield, obstructed view, windshield replacement requirements, and other laws and regulations are different in most states. Cracked windshield laws in Colorado prohibit driving vehicles if driver’s view of the road is obstructed.
Can I drive with a cracked windshield in Colorado?
Colorado laws do not mention windshield cracks. But, drivers are not allowed to operate vehicles which have obstructed view of the road. In addition, stickers or other objects may not be attached to windshields if they prevent clear view of the road.
Other laws and regulations:
- Obstructed windshield laws: Sign, poster, or other non-transparent material that obstructs visibility is not permitted. Stickers may be placed within top 4 inches of the windshield, and must not be red or amber, nor reflective.
- Replacement windshields: Replacement windshield glass must be of the same kind and quality. Any glass repairs should restore windshield to its original state.
- Windshield wipers: Vehicles must be equipped with windshield wipers in good working conditions. Cracks which prevent wipers from operating correctly may be illegal.
Federal cracked windshield regulations
Federal laws require drivers to have a clear vision of the road. Windshield cracks or chips smaller than ¾-inch in diameter are permitted if they are not located within 3″ of another crack.
Also, any cracks, chips, or other damage which can potentially obstruct clear view of the road must not be within driver’s critical vision area, which is defined as area directly above the steering wheel, two inches from the top and one inch from sides.