Obstructed windshields, cracked windshields, windshield replacement and other laws and regulations are different for every state. Cracked windshield laws in Maine prohibit driving vehicles where driver’s view of the road is obstructed.
Can I drive with a cracked windshield in Maine?
Maine laws have detailed restrictions on the size and type of cracks allowed on windshields:
- All cracks are prohibited if they block or obstruct driver’s clear view of the road
- All cracks greater than six inches are illegal
- Windshield repairs must not affect driver’s view, and/or must be smaller than one inch.
Other laws and regulations:
- Obstructed windshield regulations: No sign, poster, or other non-transparent material allowed on windshield except inspection sticker required by law. No items may be placed, affixed or hung between driver and windshield.
- 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 which are in good working conditions. Cracks which prevent wipers from operating correctly may be illegal.
Federal cracked windshield regulations
Federal regulations 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.
Any cracks or 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.