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 tickets.