- Minnesota's windshield laws are designed to ensure maximum visibility for drivers.the turtle goes to minnesota image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com
Minnesota's windshield laws govern glass composition, visibility, placement of stickers or permits, navigation equipment, tinting, and the use of windshield wipers and defrosters.
- Windshields in Minnesota must be made of shatterproof, untinted glass.sportscar car sports auto coupe speed fast image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.com
All vehicles in Minnesota are required to have a windshield that gives the driver optimal visibility. It must also protect the driver in the event of a crash. Minnesota law requires that all windshields be made of shatterproof safety glass, and prohibits the glass from being treated in a way that increases reflectivity or reduces visibility.
- Minnesota windshield laws also mandate that windshields be kept clean and free from rain, snow, frost and steam.pare-brise mouill?? image by Vely from Fotolia.com
Windshields must be free of cracks or other damage, and must also be kept clean at all times, making it the driver's responsibility to remove frost, ice, snow or other precipitation that can obstruct the view. Vehicle owners are also required to keep windshield wipers and defrosters in proper working order to ensure maximum visibility at all times and in all road and weather conditions. Minnesota windshield laws also prohibit drivers from hanging objects from a vehicle's sun visors and rear-view mirror.
Stickers and Permits
- Placing stickers and permits on windshields is allowed in Minnesota, but they must be placed in the lowest part of the windshield's bottom corners to minimize impairment of driver visibility.
Placement of Navigation Equipment
- Navigation equipment may be installed only at the bottom of a windshield or below the dashboard.gps navigation system in car image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com
The continued rise in popularity of navigation systems also brings an increase in dashboard clutter that can possibly impede an unobstructed view through the windshield. Minnesota state law requires that any navigation equipment must be placed near the bottom of the windshield, as close to the dashboard as possible, and it's unacceptable to hang a navigation device from a sun visor or rear-view mirror.
- Tinting is highly regulated in Minnesota.on reflection image by kenny123 from Fotolia.com
Tinting in Minnesota is highly regulated. In August 1985, the state specified where tinting may be placed and how much light may be reflected or pass through windows. The tinting intensity must also be marked on the glass for law enforcement to verify in the event a driver is pulled over. Tinting on windshields is not permitted, but it is allowed on rear windows of certain vehicles. Pickup trucks may have tinted rear windows, and vans, limousines and funeral home vehicles may tint rear windows, as well as side windows placed behind the driver. Current law specifies that the tinting must allow more than 50 percent of available light to pass through the windshield and reflect less than 20 percent more of available light.