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Can you get pulled over for a cracked windshield?

I was driving on a gravel road, and out of nowhere, a huge rock hit my Ford Fusion’s windshield and cracked it! I won’t have time to take it to a mechanic before my morning commute, but I’m worried I can’t legally drive like this. Can you get pulled over for a cracked windshield?

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Shannon Fitzgerald · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Typically, you can get pulled over for a cracked windshield, but the laws vary from state to state.
On a federal level, there are regulations for cracked windshields, too:
  • You cannot drive with any chips or cracks larger than 0.75 inches in diameter.
  • You cannot drive with any chips or cracks smaller than 0.75 inches in diameter if they are within 3 inches of each other.
  • There cannot be any cracks directly in the driver’s line of sight—defined as the area the wiper sweeps on the driver’s side.
While these federal regulations can help give you an idea of what you can get away with on your windshield, note that your state may have mandates in place that prohibit any cracks. 
Pro tip: Research what your state’s transportation code outlines, and perhaps borrow or rent a car until you can get your
Ford Fusion’s
windshield replaced.
Keep in mind: Because it is so important to repair a windshield promptly, some states—like
Florida
and
Kentucky
—require insurance companies to cover the cost of windshield repairs. However, drivers will usually need to have
comprehensive coverage
to cover these repairs in most other states.
MORE: Does insurance cover cracked windshields?
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