Is squealing tires a moving violation?

I just bought a hot little sports car, and my Dad keeps yelling at me for peeling out. He says I’m going to get a ticket for reckless driving, but it’s not like I’m doing donuts or something. Is just squealing tires a moving violation?

Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sorry, but your dad’s taking you to school on this one: squealing tires is considered a moving violation in many, if not most, circumstances and states. At worst, you’ll be cited for driving too fast for road conditions. At best, you’ll be cited for excessive noise, which is not a moving violation, but does carry fines in most states and will still go on your record.
Look. We get it. When you’ve got a sweet ride, you want to show it off. But squealing tires aren’t just annoying for those around you, they do, in fact, signal that you’re driving too fast for the current road conditions. This means you’re just moments or millimeters away from potentially losing control. Plus, it puts tons of
wear on your tires
, which are already an expensive part of your car-ownership costs without having to replace them more often.
But, we’re not here to judge, so if you do wind up with a ticket or two for peeling out, you can rest assured that you can still find affordable
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