3 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Get Ticketed For While Driving

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A lot of people do things to their vehicles without checking to see if it’s illegal, or they let small damages go and don’t realize they could get a ticket. If your car has been accessorized with illegal items, or if there are repairs needed and you’ve avoided having the necessary work done, you should expect to get a fine or ticket. Here are just a few of the things you can get ticketed for. Large License Plate Cover If you have a large license plate cover that has the mascot of your favorite sports team, or that has your alma mater name around it, this could be illegal in some states. If the license plate cover is making it difficult for an officer to see any part of your license plate, especially the tags or an area they need to read to scan your plates, you could easily be pulled over and ticketed. Fines, restrictions and consequences will vary between states. Cracked Windshield That small chip that is now a crack going across your windshield could mean a ticket. The crack becomes a vision disability because it causes glares and impairs your view of the road, and it’s dangerous because it could cause the windshield to break easily upon impact or from a bump in the road. The crack will spread faster in the cold, so make sure you get your windshield repaired. Even it only has the slightest chip, it is better to take care of it before you end up with an additional expense like a ticket. Many insurance policies cover the total cost of windshield repair. Talk to your agent to see what your policy covers.   Tinted Windows If you purchased a car that already had tint on the windows, you may love the privacy you have while driving down the road. But did you find out if the tint was street legal before you purchased the car? If the tint is too dark and you get pulled over, the officer can ticket you and you’ll have to remove the tint from the window. This can be a difficult process and then you’ll have to pay to put new tint on that isn’t as dark. These are just a few of the things that could get you a ticket when you least expect it. The more precautions you take to keep your car in top condition, the less likely you are to end up with...

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Car Tires 101 | A New Driver’s Guide To Understanding Tire Pressure

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a new driver, there is definitely a lot to take in and learn when it comes to driving and maintaining a vehicle. Of all of the things that you need to get familiar with, the tires and your tire pressure could be one of the most important things. The tires of your vehicle do not just make it possible for you to drive a car at all, they keep you safe while you travel in a vehicle. Here are a few of the most common questions about tire pressure you may have as a new driver.  Do all tires operate best with the same tire pressure? All tire types are specifically designed to hold a certain amount of tire pressure, and even your car will come with recommendations about tire pressure for proper handling. You can usually find information about tire pressure on the inside of the driver’s side door or in the owner’s manual.  If tire pressure is low, how will it affect how the vehicle handles? A tire that is low will be less capable of absorbing shock on the roadway. Therefore, if you have a low tire, you will likely feel a difference in the smoothness of the way your car handles. Additionally, too low pressure and it means that there will be a lot of friction between the rubber and the road. Friction generates heat, which can wear out your tires quickly and cause a blowout, which can be dangerous if you are traveling when it happens.  How does tire pressure change when you do not put air inside? You can fill a tire with air one day, check it the next, and even without a leak or adding air you can see a notable difference in tire pressure when you check it. The air pressure inside of the tire can expand and contract along with changes in temperature. This is why most tire manufacturers recommend that people check their tire’s air pressure when temperatures drastically change. Additionally, it can be helpful to have a slightly lower tire pressure when the roads are slick or icy, to provide a little more traction.  When you drive a car regularly, you will start to get familiar with tire pressure and how it affects you as a driver. If you have questions about car tires and their pressure, talk to a representative from a tire sales and service center, such as Jensen Tire & Auto, for...

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