Cracked windshield laws and regulations are different in every state. Cracked windshield laws in Kansas prohibit driving vehicles where driver’s view of the road is obstructed.
Can I drive with a cracked windshield in Kansas?
Kansas laws mention cracks on windshields, but do not provide detailed information about the size of cracks or chips allowed. Drivers are not permitted to operate vehicles if damage on windshields “substantially impairs driver’s view of the road”.
This means it is up to individual police officers to determine if your view is impaired. You should immediately repair or replace windshields with cracks directly in driver’s line of sight.
Other laws and regulations:
- Obstructed windshield regulations: No sign, poster, or other non-transparent material that obstructs visibility is permitted. Window tint may only be installed on AS-1 line (top 5 inches).
- Replacement windshields: Replacement windshield glass must be of the same kind and quality, and any repairs should restore vehicle to its original state.
- Windshield wipers: vehicles must be equipped with windshield wipers in good working conditions. If cracks prevent wipers from operating correctly they may be considered illegal.
Federal cracked windshield regulations
Federal regulations require drivers to have clear view of the road. Windshield cracks or chips smaller than ¾-inch in diameter are permitted if they are not located within 3 inches of another crack.
Cracks, chips, or other damage which can potentially obstruct clear view of the road must not be within critical vision area, defined as area directly above the steering wheel, two inches from the top and one inch from sides.