Adjust your (usually three) rear view mirrors so that you
get the widest view possible. This is particularly important
on multi-lane highways where you may have to keep tabs on lanes
on both sides. Many drivers do not turn their outside mirrors
out far enough and simply duplicate the same scene in all three
mirrors. Rule of thumb: If you can see even a glimpse of the
sides of your car in your outside mirrors they are turned too
All mirrors reflect the same view.
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Here's how to set them correctly:
1) Lean over until your head touches the side window glass.
Now adjust the mirror outward until you can see just the
edge of the car - with your head touching the side window
2. Now lean over until you're in the middle of the car. Adjust
the right mirror out until you can just see the edge of the car
- with your head in the middle of the car.
3. Now sit in your normal position. The center mirror should
show what's behind you. The left mirror should show who is in
your left blind spot. The right mirror should show who is in
your right blind spot.
Note: In some cars, adjusting the mirrors
all the way outward isn't enough. The right mirror, is convex,
so it covers the blind spot adequately. On some cars the left
mirror, using flat glass by federal edict, is not. Try a small
rectangular stick-on mirror, designed to fit on the lower inside
edge of the left mirror and angled outward to eliminate the blind
spot. It looks better than the round ones on trucks, and it works
like a charm. You can buy these unobtrusive stick-on mirrors
at most auto parts stores.
This information extracted from May/June 2001 issue of the
Star Magazine. Article written by Curt Rich, Houston Section,
Club of America.
This procedure has
been recommended by several sources:
Bill Buff, in his driving school, Driving Dynamics, The National
Motorists Association, and Denise McCluggage, at Roadrunning.com.
And Radar Reporter described adjusting the mirrors this