Can I Drive with Damaged or Missing Mirrors?

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It’s critical that you’re able to see behind and beside you while driving. This is accomplished by using the rearview mirror, or one of the two side view mirrors on your car. But what happens if a mirror is missing or damaged? Is it legal to drive with a missing or damaged mirror?

What the law says

First, understand that the laws in each state vary. However, most of them do require you to have at least two mirrors that provide a view behind you. This means you can legally drive your car as long as two of the three mirrors are still functional and whole. However, while it might be legal, it’s not particularly safe. This is especially true for the side view mirrors. It’s very difficult to get a good view of traffic on the passenger side of your car from the driver’s seat without a side view mirror.

You should also understand that while it’s not technically illegal to drive your car in this condition, a police officer might pull you over if he or she notices that it’s missing or damaged.

The best option

The best option is to have your mirror replaced if it’s broken or damaged. If just the mirror is damaged, it can be replaced relatively easily. If the actual mirror housing is broken on one of your side view mirrors, replacing it will take a little bit extra time (you’ll need a new housing and new glass).


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Jamahl

18 years of experience
827 reviews
Jamahl
18 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - Sorrento, Florida
Jamahl was early but did call first to make sure I was okay with that. We did chat, found out we were from the same area of another state. He was polite, personable and professional. I had a question 2 days later and he returned my call within minutes. A very good experience.
Volkswagen Jetta - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Apopka, Florida
Jamahl put in new mirror with no problem. He said VW has to reprogram system to get side lights on mirrors to work and warning system for backing up to work

Daniel

9 years of experience
69 reviews
Daniel
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Malibu - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Chicago, Illinois
Even though he was an hour late. He did apologize. I understand that things do happen. Over all he did a great job and I will recommend him to friends and family.
Toyota Matrix - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Chicago, Illinois
I found him experienced, has detail knowledge of every part, calm. The best thing is he wants to complete his job as The Best Possible, not it’s okay, it should be fine kind of way. Great ethic to respect the customer. I want to see you again, Daniel. ..........Ram Subba

Tinashe

11 years of experience
260 reviews
Tinashe
11 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Atlanta, Georgia
Tinashe replace the driver side mirror on my wife's '08 Explorer. He did a great job, showed up on time and got it done on time and at the price quoted. I have already scheduled him again for some maintenance needed that he identified during his inspection. I am very happy to know Tinashe!

Chris

20 years of experience
1612 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Chevrolet Cobalt - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Irvine, California
Chris did a great job installing my mirror. He also did a great job doing the inspection and gave me great advice.

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