Everyone knows the movie scene where a criminal gets caught because they commit a lesser crime. There’s the murderer who gets caught shoplifting, or the drug-dealer who gets pulled over for a broken taillight. It always sounds implausible, but the experts at Edmunds.com say that equipment violations are one of the tops reasons drivers get pulled over. Leading the list of code violations are heavily tinted windows, burned-out headlights, broken windshields, expired tags, and loud exhaust modifications.
Here’s what you need to know so that you can stay in compliance.
Standard Exhaust System Laws
While there are no standards for noise levels, there are some standard laws that apply to all cars in all states and localities:
- The law requires that all vehicles have some kind of muffler. Open pipes are illegal anywhere you go.
- It’s illegal to try and modify your existing muffler to make your car louder. This law is on the books to prevent people from creating an exhaust leak, because exhaust leaks can be very dangerous.
- It’s illegal to remove the catalytic converter on your car. Some car enthusiasts will remove the converter because they think it restricts aiflow, but newer models are only designed for performance.
Window Tinting laws
Rayno Window Film put together a table that covers tinting regulations state by state.
Take a look to see if you’re in compliance but keep checking with your state’s DMV website for updates. New York just changed their window tint regs to include rear windows.
Removal of tint on windows is generally a drama-free process. Any detailing shop can do it for a couple hundred dollars. If you’re feeling DIY inclined, a steam cleaner and a whole lot of time is really all that’s needed.
What To Do If You’re Driving with a Loud Muffler
the law may vary from one community to another, and since enforcement of these laws is uneven, the best advice is:
- Drive as quietly as you can. Blipping the throttle at a red light is fun, but it’s noisy and likely to attract the attention of law enforcement.
- Drive quietly late at night or early in the morning. If your car or truck has a loud exhaust system, a good way to avoid a ticket is to take it easy during the hours that most people sleep. Otherwise, you’re going to wake someone up and they’re going to call the cops and complain.
- Get with your local muffler shop and find out about swapping out your mufflers for something a little quieter. If that’s not an option, consider adding a removable muffler to the end of your vehicle’s tailpipe(s).
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