Driving with a cluttered windshield is more than just an inconvenience, it’s a safety issue. If hanging items are big enough or there are too many, they can distract the driver and put passengers in danger. Because of this, you can actually be pulled over if an officer thinks an item hanging in your car is potentially obstructing your view or acting as a distraction. To avoid this fate, take a look at our answers to some of the most pressing questions about windshield clutter and safety.
Q: How much clutter is too much?
A: Arkansas Code section 27-37-302 regarding transportation states: “No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, sidewings, side, or rear windows of the vehicle other than a certificate or other paper required to be so displayed by law if it obstructs the operator's view or the safe operation of the vehicle.” According to this statute, it appears to be up to the discretion of the officer what constitutes an obstruction. To be safe, we advise reducing windshield clutter to only objects that are 100% necessary, like a handicap hang tag.
Q: What about stickers?
A: We get it -- sometimes jobs or schools require identification stickers. Luckily, they are safe as long as they only take up a certain amount of space on the windshield. Arkansas Code section 27-37-302 states: “(a) (1) (A) It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle which has any substance or material except rearview mirrors and decals required by law attached to the windshield at any point more than four and one-half inches (41/2'') above the bottom of the windshield if the substance or material obstructs the operator's view or the safe operation of the vehicle.” As long as your sticker is within that size range and perimeter, you should be good to go!
Q: Can I attach a GPS device to my windshield?
A: While many vehicles are equipped with navigation technologies, many are not, making the need for attachable GPS systems understandable. However, these devices can be considered potentially distracting when placed directly in your line of sight on your windshield. Fortunately, there are ways around this. To prevent distraction, attach your system to the dashboard instead of the windshield. If you use your phone as a GPS, do the same with your phone mount. This way, you prevent obstructing your vision while still maintaining a good view of the navigation system.
Be safe on the road by keeping your windshield as clutter-free as possible. If your windshield itself is the problem, Discount Auto Glass can help. We offer both windshield repair and replacement. We can take appointments at one of our eight locations throughout Arkansas, our one location in Joplin, Missouri, and our newest location in Memphis, Tennessee, or we can come to you at no additional cost. Give us a call at 501-377-9575 or use our online form to get a quote.