A cracked or missing side mirror can put your car, yourself and other people or things at risk
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A cracked or missing side mirror can put your car, yourself and other people or things at risk

With Messed up side view mirrors coupled with reluctancy to replace them, you pause a greater risk to your Toyota car, to your self, loved ones, pedestrians and other motorists including road side hawkers.

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?

Imagine the blind spot you fall into when you are unable to get sight of something, with a packed city like Kampala, where boda and taxi drivers have to squeeze through any free space to be able to navigate their way out, you are at a greater disadvantage. You will collide with boda cyclists who scratch your car, Its even worse when you encounter a taxi. You will further be slowed down with endless arguements as to who knocked the other to cause damage. Ofcourse you will always lose even if you were on the right and they deserved to pay. In the end, from the accumulation of those scratches, you will have an extra expense of spraying your car which is costly. Further more your Toyota resale price will also go down. Who loses in the End. Did you ever think something small like that would cause so much damage and bring more expenses in the end? and Is it legal to drive with a missing or damaged mirror?

What the law says

First, understand that the laws in each country 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 at Daks Toyota. 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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Daks Toyota will always support you in your quest to make the community a better place through buying genuine, using genuine and fixing genuine with professionally genuine certified Toyota mechanics.


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  • Archie
    November 2, 2020, 10:51 am REPLY

    Good article. It is what I wanted as I am in the plan of removing my side rearview mirrors. Thank you for the advice and article. Thank you again.

  • finance check
    November 4, 2020, 12:51 pm REPLY

    Since the mirror is important for car driving, some guys want to remove those safety rear viewers. Now they will understand the importance of safety mirrors.

  • Tyler Johnson
    December 15, 2020, 3:11 pm REPLY

    I agree that being able to see behind you and to the side is critical. Being able to know if you are clear to change lanes would make driving a lot safer. I’ll make sure that if my mirrors become too scratched, I have them replaced right away.

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