4 Maintenance Tips That Can Help You Avoid Getting Pulled Over


Depending on where you live, various aspects of your vehicle can lead to you getting pulled over if they are not addressed. These include everything from faulty and defective parts to purposeful modifications that may not align with state laws.


There are four primary areas to keep in mind as a car owner, each of which can lead to you being pulled over and potentially ticketed when on the road.


Defective Lights And Signals


It’s easy for burnt out lights and signals to go unnoticed. Brake lights and turn signals are not in your vision as a driver and sometimes only get noticed when someone else tells you about them. Headlights may seem easy to notice, but they can often go overlooked as well.


Cracked taillights can also be a traffic violation. They should give off a red glow, but if they are cracked they can produce a white light, which is a violation in most jurisdictions. Take some time to check all of your lights periodically to avoid both violations and potentially dangerous situations on the road.


Unreadable License Plates


If your license plate is unreadable, you can be pulled over as well. This is often due to a faulty license plate light, but can also be due to certain types of licence plates that make the number hard to read. Inspect your license plate light regularly and make sure there is enough contrast between the background of your license plate and the number.


A Cracked Windshield


All it takes is the smallest of stones to create a crack in your windshield. If the crack grows to a significant size or begins to obstruct your vision, you can be pulled over and fined for a traffic violation.


The easy way to avoid being pulled over is to have your windshield fixed and/or replaced before the crack gets worse. This can eliminate any fines you would face if you were to get pulled over.


Modifications


Modifying vehicles is an enjoyable hobby for many people, as it can make a car much more personal and unique. However, certain modifications can be in violation of local traffic laws and lead to fines if not addressed.


Specifically, tinted windows and loud exhaust systems violate certain state statutes, which can lead to pricey fines that would be avoided otherwise. Be sure to check with local and state regulations before modifying these two parts of your vehicle.


Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council, said that while ignoring repairs can save vehicle owners some money in the short term, the fines they can face as a result of a traffic ticket can often outweigh the money they would spend on repairs.


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


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