With many drivers, having to park their cars on the road or other high-risk places such as shared car parks, their vehicles are unfortunately prone to wing mirror damage.
Whether caused by a passing car driven carelessly or by a large vehicle squeezing down the road, wing mirrors can often be easily broken, smashed or removed completely.
Wing mirrors can also be damaged by vandals, even when the car in question is parked safely on a private driveway.
Not only does this cause the driver of the damaged vehicle a great deal of inconvenience as well as the added stress and financial burden of having to pay for the damage.
There are also legal implications associated with having a damaged wing mirror.
Generally, there are three rear-view mirrors that come fitted as standard on all vehicles:
- Driver’s side rear-view mirror
- Passenger side rear-view mirror
- Interior rear-view mirror
The consequences of driving with no wing mirror
It is important to be aware that although not illegal, you can still be stopped by the police if they notice that either one of your wing mirrors is damaged or missing.
This can be not only embarrassing, but can also lead to a notice being issued that requires the driver to have the damage repaired within fourteen days.
Despite the legal requirements concerning rear-view mirrors, it is highly advisable to ensure that all three rear-view mirrors are intact.