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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Joaquin

4 years of experience
133 reviews
Joaquin
4 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Irving, Texas
He is cool and experience mechanic who took care of my car. He replaced my broken passenger side mirror.
Ford F-150 - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Plano, Texas
Very courteous and responsive. Took care of a supply issue and communicated throughout the whole process!

Andrew

10 years of experience
605 reviews
Andrew
10 years of experience
Toyota Prius - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Kansas City, Missouri
Patient, works quickly, and is punctual. Andy is really good at what he does. I'm very satisfied with my service.
Mazda 3 - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Kansas City, Missouri
This mechanic right here is the best won he did my tires and I appreciate everything he does and I want him to be be my mechanic for now on

Jamahl

19 years of experience
830 reviews
Jamahl
19 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

Yoel

8 years of experience
132 reviews
Yoel
8 years of experience
Jeep Compass - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Camden, New Jersey
I think i just found my new mechanic. Yoel arrived 10 mins early. He was very knowledgeable, honest and pleasant. I will be conducting more business with him in the furter. Thanks Your Mechanic!

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