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Can I get in trouble for hanging items from my rearview mirror?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, March 25th, 2019 at 2:17 PM
Vehicle dashboard with sunglasses hanging from the rearview mirror

Whether you want to hang an air freshener to keep everything smelling clean or a sentimental item that puts a smile on your face when you hop in the car, you may want to think twice about hanging anything from your rearview mirror. We get a lot of questions about whether or not it is illegal to have objects hanging from your rearview mirror in Texas. We break down the law below.

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Is it illegal to hang something from my rearview mirror in Texas?

black fuzzy dice hanging in a carWhile there are no laws that specifically prohibit Texas drivers from hanging objects on their rearview mirror, drivers can get pulled over and cited with a ticket for violating obstruction of view laws if the item in question is prohibiting them from seeing properly out of their windows. It’s best to keep your rearview mirror clear of objects while driving for an optimal view of the road around you.

Note – this blog is for informational purposes only. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on Texas driving laws, contact your local police department.

Other Hazards to Avoid

Hanging objects are not the only thing covered under the obstruction of view laws. Packing your vehicle’s cabin or truck bed too full of tall objects, window stickers, or even snow and ice that hasn’t been scrapped of your windshield could all be cause for an obstruction of vision violation. Before shifting into drive, we like to take a few seconds to look around and make sure we have a clear view of the road from all windows and all angles. Not only will this ensure that you can see properly, but it will also help you avoid any trouble with local law enforcement.

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