Don't drive with gaping blind spots.

Are Your Car’s Mirrors Set Properly?

October 25th, 2016 by

Don't drive with gaping blind spots.

When you are driving, it is important to make sure that you don't have any blind spots. This is especially true in the winter, when visibility is already a pressing issue.

However, many drivers can't see everything that is around them while on the road. They find themselves taking their eyes off what is ahead of them to glance over their shoulder before turning and merging. It's a dangerous situation to be stuck in, but it isn't a sign that you need to install extra mirrors, however. It's simply evidence that your mirrors aren't properly adjusted.

Here's how to make sure that you are getting the best rear and side views possible when driving:

  1. Position your rearview mirror so it gives you a direct view of what is behind you. Don't adjust it to get a better look at one side or another.
  2. Lean your head to the left until it is almost touching the window. Adjust your left mirror so you can barely see the edge of your car on the right hand side. Then, lean your head to the middle of the car and do the same to your right mirror, ensuring that the side of your car is barely visible there as well.
  3. Sit upright like you normally would while driving. You should not be able to see your car in either side mirror.

This setup ensures that blind spots are minimized as much as possible. While driving, You should have no problem seeing approaching cars in either your side or rearview mirrors. By the time a car gets close enough that it is no longer in your mirror, you should be able to see it with your peripheral vision – without taking your eyes off the road ahead.

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