Do you know the laws in Minnesota about windshields? Some are common sense, while others have specific requirements. If you are driving in Minnesota with a cracked windshield, you should get it repaired by Only 1 Auto Glass, because the crack may get worse, and you may face a traffic ticket and a fine.
Here are the Minnesota windshield laws that are helpful to know:
● Cracks: It is illegal to drive a vehicle on the roads in Minnesota if the driver’s view is obstructed in an unsafe way by window cracks, chips, tinting, or discoloration.
● Windshield Wipers: All vehicles in Minnesota that have windshields must have working windshield wipers. Be sure to keep them properly maintained and in good condition, so that they are capable of removing both rain and snow.
● Safety Glass: For all vehicle windshields that come with new cars and those used for windshield replacement, the legal requirement is to use glazed safety glass that can withstand being struck by a rock and not shatter.
● Frost: It is illegal to drive a vehicle in Minnesota if the windshield, side, and/or rear windows are covered by frost or steam that blocks the driver’s view.
● Obstructions: Vehicles cannot have anything hanging from the rear-view mirror or anything put in or on the windows that causes the driver’s view to be obstructed. This includes air fresheners, signs, posters, or other decorative items. The side windows and rear window also cannot be obstructed by any of these items. Decals required by law, the rear-view mirror, and sun visors are allowed. Legally-required decals should be placed as low as possible in the windshield or window.
● GPS Device: A GPS locator device is allowed; however, it must be placed as low in the window as possible.
● Toll Payment Device: A tool payment device or safety/security equipment is allowed; however, these devices must be placed either slightly above, below, or on the backside of the rear-view mirror.
● Windshield Tint: No added window tint is can be applied to the windshield except the tint that comes with a new auto from the factory. This original-manufactured tint must allow at least 50% of the light to pass through.
● Other Window Tint: Other windows may have a reflective tint installed as an after-market product, as long as it is no more than 20% reflective. Use of this tint requires a sticker placed between the tint and the glass on the lower part of the driver’s side window. This sticker certifies that the tint is in legal compliance under the laws of Minnesota.
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Law enforcement has the authority to make the evaluation of whether the condition of the windshield and/or windows is unsafe. It is better to have these problems fixed rather than run the risk of getting a ticket and then having to make the repairs as well as pay a fine. Get a quote for auto glass repair from Only 1 Auto Glass for safety and peace of mind.