A crack in the windshield while driving can cause serious trouble to the driver-but a small crack in the rearview mirror can also cause you a hefty fine.
Although this may seem like a minor repair, broken glass can pose serious risks and may even prevent your car from passing the MOT.
According to the "Building and Use Regulations", vehicles must have at least two rearview mirrors.
If the internal rearview mirrors are damaged, blurred or missing, both rearview mirrors must be intact.
It is illegal to drive without a mirror on the driver's side. If the driver does not have a mirror, the police can stop them.
Although a broken rearview mirror is not illegal, it can cause other serious problems and is costly for motorists.
Although the rearview mirror cracks may seem small because they will not affect the way the car drives, damage to the car glass can actually be a serious problem on the road.
Damage to the rearview mirror while driving violates the Road Traffic Act of 1988, which stipulates that the driver may be fined if “the condition of the motor vehicle makes its use involve a risk of harm to anyone”.
If stopped by the police, motorists may face huge fines and deductions from their driver's license.
Whether it's a small crack in the glass or a complete shattering of the rearview mirror, you may see a three-pointer on your driver's license and a huge fine of £2,500.
At the same time, a broken windshield may cause you to receive a fixed penalty notice of £50 on the spot.
At the slightest bump on the road, small cracks can easily spread across the entire windshield, allowing you to bear higher costs.
If your car’s rearview mirror is broken, you may face a hefty fine, but it depends on whether you can get on the road first.
If your car has cracked or broken glass, turning to MOT will mean that it is unlikely to be considered suitable for driving on the road.
A failed test will keep your car off the road until the problem is resolved-you may also be forced to perform a second test to get your car back on the road.
The good news is that for most vehicles, the new rearview mirror is a relatively affordable component.
If glass is the only thing that is damaged, the cost of replacing it may be as low as £15.
However, drivers who buy a car through finance may charge a higher fee if the mirror is broken when returning the car.
Some damaged rearview mirrors can be replaced by your insurance company, so if you find damage, it is worth contacting them.
RAC Road Safety spokesperson Simon Williams said: "Unfortunately, broken rearview mirrors are too common on our roads.
"This is illegal, and for good reason: not seeing vehicles, motorcyclists or cyclists approaching from behind can lead to tragic consequences.
"Because the road regulations will change in 2022, giving cyclists priority over drivers who turn at intersections to drive forward, it is more important than ever to have intact rearview mirrors."
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