Is it Legal to Drive with a Broken Wing Mirror?

Most people are aware that it is an offence to drive with a cracked or broken windscreen. However, many are uncertain about whether it is also illegal to drive with a broken wing mirror. The answer to this question depends on the severity of the damage.

If the wing mirror is only slightly damaged, then it is not illegal to drive. However, it is advisable to get the mirror repaired as soon as possible as it can be a safety hazard.

If the wing mirror is completely broken off, then it is illegal to drive. This is because a broken wing mirror can obstruct the driver’s view and cause an accident. If you are caught driving with a broken wing mirror, you may be fined and could even have your license revoked.

If you need to replace your wing mirror, it is important to use a mirror that is the correct size and type for your car. Using an incorrect mirror can result in an obstruction of the driver’s view and can be dangerous. Always consult your car manual or a qualified mechanic to ensure you fit the correct mirror for your car.

If you do need to replace your wing mirror, there are a few things you can do to minimise the cost. One option is to buy a used mirror from a salvage yard. Another option is to buy a new mirror and have it painted to match your car. This can be cheaper than buying a new mirror from a dealer.

If you have comprehensive car insurance, then you may be covered for the cost of replacing your wing mirror. However, it is always best to check with your insurer before making a claim.

In conclusion, it is illegal to drive with a broken wing mirror. If you need to replace your mirror, be sure to use the correct type and size for your car. You may also be able to claim for the cost of replacement through your car insurance.

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