Windshield cracks and obstructions, window replacement requirements and other laws and regulations are different for every state. Cracked windshield laws in Mississippi do not allow driving vehicles if driver’s view of the road is obstructed.
Can I drive with a cracked windshield in Mississippi?
Mississippi laws have these restrictions on the size and type of cracks allowed on windshields:
- Any cracks or damage on windshields must not obstruct or impair driver’s clear view of the road.
- Cracks outside the area cleared by windshield wipers on driver’s side are permitted, but only if no other areas of damage or discoloration impair clear view of the road
- Multiple chips or cracks, pits or areas of shattering are not permitted.
It is up to individual law enforcement officer to determine if your vision of the road is impaired or obstructed.
Other laws and regulations:
- Obstructed windshield regulations: Unless required by law, no sign, poster, or other non-transparent material allowed on 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 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.