Every state seems to have its share of quirky laws on the books with some being enforced and others largely ignored. When you own a vehicle, you should be aware of laws that pertain to the condition and operation of it. Most of the regulations in North Carolina regarding windshields are reasonable and logical, but there are a couple of interesting things to know.
- Presence of windshield- Strangely enough, North Carolina does not require that all vehicles have a windshield. Hard to imagine driving around without one, so this is one of those quirky ones, for sure.
- Wipers- North Carolina law does state that if you do have a windshield, you must have wiper blades that are operational and properly clear rain and other substances, especially regarding keeping a clear view for the driver.
- Glass- Regulations state that windshields must be safety glass or have a safety glazing material on them. This is to keep them from shattering during an accident and sending flying glass on the occupants and outside the vehicle.
- Obstructions- The driver must have unrestricted view, so signs, stickers, posters, and so forth are not permitted on the outside or the inside of windshields. Required stickers, such as inspection stickers, should be placed in the lower corner on the passenger side.
- Tint- There are specific regulations about window tinting throughout the vehicle. As for windshields, non-reflective tint must be used and only at the top, extending no further down that the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. The only exception is for those with a medical exemption.
- Damage- While there isn’t a specific law in North Carolina regarding chips and cracks on windshields, if there is a large one that impedes the driver’s view, this could get you pulled over and cited because of the obstruction regulations.
If you feel that your chipped windshield is either impeding your view or distracting you when driving, it makes sense to get it fixed. At DGC Glass Systems, LLC, we offer various services related to windshields, including windshield repair and windshield replacement. We can help you stay within North Carolina regulations and have peace of mind that your vehicle will pass inspection. Reach out today with any questions that you might have.