This is one of those questions that comes up every now and then and some folks are quite adamant that driving with your interior lights on is illegal. Is it illegal in Texas and Arkansas? Let's find out.

I think we can all safely agree that driving with an interior light on isn't safe, if you have your light on inside the car that could mean you're not paying as much attention as you should be to what is happening outside the vehicle and that can be deadly.

Also, an interior light can reduce your visibility on the outside due to glare and an interior mirroring effect through your windshield.

It's Your Parents Fault:

Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

Many of us grew up with our parents telling us little white lies like this, and a lot of them stuck, this could be one of those. Your parents probably told you it was illegal to drive with the interior light on simply because they didn't want it on, and they wanted you to hush-up about it.

Same concept when saying that;

  • When the ice cream truck is playing music that means they're out of ice cream.


  • Stop crossing your eyes or they'll stick like that.


  • Don't swallow watermelon seeds or one will grow inside you.


  • Trust me, you won't like it cause it's spicey.


  • Coconuts are bear eggs! (Actually, that one is pretty funny!)

Quit laughing and let's look at the real answers.

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Photo by Denis Agati on Unsplash


No, it's not illegal in Texas.


No, it's not illegal in Arkansas either.

As we mentioned earlier, it's not safe, it's not recommended, but as far as we have been able to find so far, it is not illegal in any state to drive with your interior dome light on. If you know of one where it is illegal, please let us know.

Drive safely.

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