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Is it legal to drive with a cracked windshield in MN?

“Windshields are not an explicitly stated requirement of Minnesota traffic law. However, if your vehicle does have a windshield (and it’s safe to say the vast majority of them do) they must have windshield wipers that are in good working order. You can get ticketed if your windshield wipers are cracked or broken.

Minnesota drivers are also technically prohibited from operating a vehicle with a cracked or discolored windshield that obstructs their vision. This is one of those laws where enforcement is somewhat discretionary. However, if an officer is looking for a reason to pull you over, a cracked windshield that’s in your frontward line of sight may be enough.

You’re also not permitted to drive if your windshield or side windows are fogged up or covered in frost to the point where it obstructs your vision.”

Read more on Minnesota auto glass laws here.

While you may not get pulled over when driving with a cracked windshield, the fact is, it’s a major safety issue. Not only can a crack block your view, but if left unrepaired it will likely spread and cause further damage to your windshield. Considering that your windshield is the only thing between you and the outside world when driving, having that protection is a must!

At IAS Auto Glass we provide Auto Glass Service for cracked and damaged windshields. If the damage is only a rock chip oftentimes there is no need for a replacement. Call 952-797-4374 to schedule an appointment!