Can A Cracked Windshield Pass Inspection in PA?

Windshield requirements

The Pennsylvania requirements for windshields and devices are as follows:

  • All vehicles must have a windshield.

  • All vehicles must have working windshield wipers that are under the control of the driver and remove rain, snow, sleet, moisture and other substances to provide a clear view of the roadway.

  • All wiper blades must be in good condition and be free from tears so as to ensure they do not leave streaks or smears after five passes of the blade.

  • All windshields and windows in the vehicle must be made of safety glass or safety glazing material, which is constructed in a manner that greatly limits the potential for shattering and flying glass.

What is the right time to renew my Inspection?

Typically it would be best to renew it one year after the last Inspection. In Pennsylvania, vehicles are required to undergo yearly emission and safety inspections.

If you need to know the next time your Inspection is due, the date will be on your car’s registration document. Make sure to have an inspection sticker on your driver’s side dashboard.

Please make an appointment with your garage a few weeks beforehand because they get busy at the end of the month.

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Is it against the law to have a cracked windshield?

Every state has different laws, and in most states cracks on windows are not clearly defined in size or type. It is usually up to each individual police officer to determine if your cracked or broken windshield is against the law. Obstructed windshield laws are vastly different in all parts of United States.

Cracks and chips

Pennsylvania has the following guidelines for cracked, chipped or defective windshields:

  • Glass with shatters or sharp edges that are exposed are not permitted.

  • No cracks or chips in the center of the driver’s side of the windshield are permitted.

  • Large cracks or chips or areas of discoloration that interfere with the driver’s vision are not permitted in any area of the windshield, side windows or rear window.

  • Any areas of etching in the glass other than those required for identification of the vehicle are not permitted on the windshield.

  • Etchings that extend more than three and one-half inch from the lowest exposed point of the rear window and back side windows are not permitted.

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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.

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