HB 265: Safety Inspections Bill
In March of 2017, Utah passed HB 265, which changed the safety inspection laws. Among other things, this law means that you are no longer required to get safety inspections. These changes went into effect January 1stof this year. While the government has argued that this will put more money into Utah residents’ pockets, mechanics around the state see things a little differently. They see this as a potential safety hazard that will, in the long run, cost more money than it will save.
“It Can’t Happen To Me”
We all think that way. Accidents are things that happen to other people. We see ourselves as good drivers who take care of their cars. That’s why so many people don’t get safety inspections unless they’re required. This way of thinking is dangerous. You never know what will go wrong until it does.
Since the senate dropped mandatory safety inspections, state troopers have noticed an increase in unsafe practices. Many drivers are on the road with cracked windshields, missing headlights, and heavily tinted windows simply because they think the requirement being off means it’s okay. It’s not safe, though.
Safety Inspections Prevent Problems
Even though the law is changed, mechanics still suggest having safety inspections done regularly, at least once a year. Basic car maintenance is essential to avoiding trouble. The inspections will catch things like brake problems, engine trouble, worn-out tires, and so many other things that are surprisingly easy to miss. The problems often seem minor, as the car still runs, but they quickly get out of hand.
Safety Inspections Save Money and Lives
You may think that safety inspections are expensive. It’s true they do cost money, but think on this: how much money will a trip to the hospital cost? Ignoring regular inspections is setting yourself up to have an accident. What may seem like a minor problem will get worse over time if not caught and corrected. If you’re on the road and your brakes give out, or your tires blow-out, then a crash is likely unavoidable. Can you afford the medical bills?
Even if you don’t crash, these problems are often cheaper and easier to repair if caught early during a routine inspection. You can usually repair a minor break problem easily, but if you let it sit, the extra pressure required to use your breaks puts strain on them and can cause them to break down completely. A quick replacement of a couple parts is far cheaper than replacing your entire brake system.
Don’t neglect your safety inspections. The cost of a routine inspection is nothing compared to the cost of car repairs, or of medical bills due to related crashes. The law may not require you to get them now, but we would still recommend getting one on a regular basis. Better safe than sorry.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had an inspection, then get in touch with us. We’ll give you a quick and thorough inspection and make sure your vehicle is road ready.