Obstructed windshields, cracked windshields, windshield replacement and other laws and regulations are different for every state. Cracked windshield laws in Washington prohibit driving vehicles if driver’s view of the road is obstructed.
Can I drive with a cracked windshield in Washington?
Washington laws do not specifically mention windshield cracks, but drivers are not permitted to operate vehicles with obstructed view of the road. You may also not attach any stickers or other objects to windshields if they prevent clear view of the road.
Other laws and regulations:
- Obstructed windshield regulations: No sign, poster, or other non-transparent material allowed on windshield unless required by law.
- 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.
As per WAC 204-10-024 driver “Must have no obstruction forward of the windshield which extends more than two inches upward into the horizontally forward projected vision area of the windshield“. Projected vision area of the windshield is defined as “that area above a line from the top of the steering wheel to the top of the front fenders or hood, whichever is higher“.
Federal cracked windshield regulations
Federal regulations also require all 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.