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How to adjust your car mirrors to eliminate blind spots


Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Science, Transportation


Eliminate Car Blind spots

Car and Driver has released a simple infographic that explains how we should all be setting up the rear-view and outside mirrors on our cars to get rid of that pesky blind spot. I must admit, when looking at their examples of how to set up your mirrors improperly, they're definitely talking about me. The recommended setup comes from the Society of Automotive Engineers:

The paper advocates adjusting the mirrors so far outward that the viewing angle of the side mirrors just overlaps that of the cabin's rearview mirror. This can be disorienting for drivers used to seeing the flanks of their own car in the side mirrors. But when correctly positioned, the mirrors negate a car's blind spots. This obviates the need to glance over your shoulder to safely change lanes as well as the need for an expensive blind-spot warning system.

Get a look at the full instructions in the graphic after the break.


How to eliminate blind spots

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Comments:

I’ve been doing it like this for years… Also, get a wide-angle rear view attachment, it expands the field of view for your rear view to further eliminate blind spots.

Also, be aware that while this mirror arrangement eliminates blind spots that cars can hide in, motorcycles may still be able to hide in the small gaps left behind.


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