Ignore These Vehicle Repairs And You May Get Pulled Over


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Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs instantly, but beware that ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed, says the Car Care Council.

“Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to additional costs, such as fines or ‘fix-it’ tickets, if these problems are not taken care of when they arise,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In some authorities, car owners may even lose their license for certain violations. A few dollars spent on simple vehicle repairs can help avoid worry with the law.”

While a vehicle is in operation, traffic laws require that certain equipment is appropriately installed and functioning correctly, including brakes, headlights, turn signals, mirrors, windshields and safety belts, to name a few.

The Pickup trucks trade recommends that drivers address these repairs right away as they present public safety concerns that can get drivers a traffic ticket on top of a repair bill.

Non-functioning turn signals and headlights or taillights that are cracked or broken. Most states require vehicles to have functioning turn signals as well as two functioning headlights and taillights. Taillights must illuminate red; if a taillight is cracked, it can give off a white light, which is also usually a traffic violation.

Cracked windshield. If a windshield is cracked, discolored or tinted in a way that obstructs vision, drivers may get ticketed and fined. In some states, vehicle modifications, such as tinted windows, are prohibited.

License plates are unreadable. If the license plate light is out or if the plate is otherwise unreadable, drivers may be pulled over. In some states, this includes a clear or tinted plastic license plate covers.

Loud exhaust system. A defective exhaust system that is too loud, either because it has been modified or because it needs repairs, can be cause for a ticket. What is considered loud depends on the state.
Nice list! Just bringing this thread back as this is very informative. Ignoring vehicle repair is one of the biggest mistake a car owner can commit as to which doing this will just result in a bigger problem in the future that would expensive! Thanks for this, will surely share this to my friends :).