Are Suction Cup Windshield Mounts Legal In Your State?
Do you use a suction cup mount to attach your GPS or smartphone to your windshield? Did you know this is illegal in many states? In fact, it is illegal in over 70% of U.S. states!
Surprised? That may be because these laws aren’t always highly enforced, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore them. Distracted driving is a top cause of automobile accidents. ProClip wants you to put safety first and keep both hands on the wheel. Read on to find a safe and legal mounting solution for the state in which you live.
States in Which Windshield Mounts Are Illegal
States with Laws that Restrict Windshield Mounting Location
There are a handful of states in which windshield mounts are legal, but the law states specific requirements on where the GPS unit or smartphone can be mounted on the windshield.
Cannot Disrupt Visibility
Drivers in the states below must ensure that there are no posters, signs or any other type of non-transparent material blocking the view of the road. Drivers cannot have anything attached or affixed to the windshield that prevents them from seeing clearly through the glass.
Placement on the Windshield
In the states below, GPS systems, toll payment systems and other safety monitoring equipment are permitted only when mounted as close to the bottom of the windshield as possible. Certain qualifications of these devices differ from state to state, so please check to see what your state allows.
States In Which Windshield Mounts Are Legal
If you were keeping count, that leaves 3 states in which windshield mounts are legal, at least at the time of writing this article:
Suction Cup Mounting Solution
Our Suction Cup Mount can easily be attached to your windshield, but the mount also comes with a 3M adhesive disk so you can attach the suction cup to your dashboard or console (shown below).
If Not the Windshield, Where Can You Mount Your Device?
Dashboard and Console Mounting Solutions
An alternative to mounting on your windshield is to use a dashboard mount or console mount for your phone or GPS. However, make sure to check the laws in your state on any specific rules that may prohibit you from mounting devices in other locations.
ProClip USA mounts are vehicle-specific and device-specific. We design each dashboard mount to fit seamlessly into the grooves of your dashboard, so there’s no need to worry about drilling holes or damaging your vehicle. Not only are our mounts a great legal option, they are also the safe option. Having your phone or GPS securely mounted within reach can keep you less distracted while driving. Not convinced? Just ask our customers! 86% of our customers say they are a safer driver since installing their ProClip mount.
We also offer Adapter Plates which allow you to attach your own GPS holder to one of our vehicle-specific dashboard or console mounts. Adapter plates are an easy way to transform the suction cup mount into a legal mounting option for the states that do not allow windshield mounts.
Be an informed driver. Do you know if your state bans cells phones or texting while driving? Check out our article and video on cell phone driving laws by state. Stay informed by following the driver safety topics and tips on our blog.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June of 2013. The original information was based on a report by POI factory and was revamped in October of 2015. This content has been updated again for accuracy in April of 2017.