Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Windshield Laws in Georgia

Windshield Laws in Georgia

Windshield Laws in Georgia

Anyone who drives a motor vehicle is required to know and follow a variety of road rules to remain safe and legal. However, in addition to those traffic laws, motorists are also required to make sure their vehicles are in compliance with the laws as well. The following are the windshield laws in Georgia that all drivers must make sure they follow to avoid citations and fines.

Windshield requirements

  • Any car that is driven on the roadways must have a windshield.

  • All vehicles are required to have wipers that are controlled by the driver to remove rain, sleet, snow, and other moisture.

  • Windshield wipers must be kept in good working condition to ensure proper removal and clearing of moisture from the windshield.

  • Windshields must be made of safety glass, which is glass that is treated or combined with other materials to result in a material that decreases the potential for flying glass and shattering if broken or struck.

  • Windshield replacement companies are not permitted to use any windshield replacement that is not made with safety glass or safety glazing materials that are not commissioner-approved.

Cracks and chips

Georgia has specific requirements when it comes to the windshield. These include that:

  • Windshields cannot have any areas of cracks or damage in a starburst pattern that is larger than three inches by three inches.

  • Windshields cannot have areas of cracks that create a spider web effect that is larger than three inches by three inches.

Additionally, drivers are required to follow federal regulations, which are:

  • Cracks and chips cannot be larger than ¾ of an inch in diameter.

  • Cracks cannot have additional cracks that intersect them.

  • Cracks and chips cannot be within the space between the top of the steering wheel and within two inches of the top of the windshield.

Window tint

  • Georgia law permits windshields to have non-reflective tint applied only to the top six inches.

  • Red tint is not permitted on the windshield or any other window on the vehicle.

  • A sticker designating that the tint on the windows is in compliance with Georgia laws is required on the windshield.

Obstructions

Motorists in Georgia are also required to follow additional regulations regarding obstructions on the windshield.

  • No materials that are solid or opaque in nature may be used in place of glass. This includes plastic, tape, cardboard and other materials.

  • No posters, signs or nontransparent materials can be affixed or placed in the windshield in a manner that obstructs the driver’s view of the road or intersecting roads.

Violations

Failing to follow these requirements in Georgia will generally result in citations. Georgia does not list the amounts, however, fines will be issued for drivers who are stopped for violations of windshield laws in Georgia.

If your windshield needs to be inspected or your wipers are not working properly, a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, can help you get back on the road safely and quickly so you are driving within the laws.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How Long Does a Throttle Return Spring Last?
Not all vehicles on the road feature an electronic throttle control (ETC), which is also called drive-by-wire. For vehicles that don't offer this system, they have a throttle cable instead that...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance...


Related questions

Q: Rear windshield wiper broken

For your 2005 Kia Spectra5, if you can hear the motor run without proper wiper operation, then you know a couple things. The switch is working, and the fuse and wiring are okay, too. The problem must be in the...

Q: How do I use the windshield wiper mist feature in a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox?

The windshield wiper mist feature is perfect for when there’s a one-time occurrence of moisture on your windshield. To use the mist feature, locate the windshield wiper lever that protrudes from the right side of your steering column. Pull the...

Q: How to activate the rear defogger?

Whether your Accord has a manual A/C, auto A/C or a built-in navigation system, activating the rear defogger is done in the same way. Find the button on the dash that says “Rear” and has a picture of...