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szdaily -> Lifestyle -> 
How to adjust your mirrors to avoid blind spots
    2014-07-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    THIS is less obvious than it sounds. Every driver thinks he or she knows how to adjust their mirrors before hitting the road, but they don’t.

    The quick test: if you look in your side mirrors and you see the side of the car, then you’re not using the mirror’s capacity! Essentially, most people have a huge overlap between the center and side rear-view mirrors, which is unnecessary. By spreading your side mirrors you lose no information about what’s behind you, but gain valuable insight into what’s beside you.

    This can be disorienting for drivers who 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.

    You only have to get used to the mirror positions. Remember: now the cabin’s rear-view mirror is used to keep an eye on what is coming up from behind, while the outside mirrors reflect the area outside the view of the inside rear-view mirror.

    Here are some easy steps to adjust your mirrors for maximum efficiency.

    1. Lean your head over until it almost touches the driver’s window, and then position the side mirror on the car’s left side so you can just see the rear quarterpanel (the rear end of the car) in the mirror. This will have it positioned farther out than you probably had it before.

    2. Lean your head to the right to align it with the center of the car, for example, just between the two front seats, at your normal height. From there, position the right side mirror so you can just see the rear quarterpanel of the passenger side in the mirror.

    3. Adjust the center rearview mirror to place it facing the center of the rear window.

    4. While driving, note that a car passing you begins in the center of your rear-view mirror. As it approaches you, it moves to the side of your center rear-view mirror, and at the same time appears in your side mirror. This shows you that there is no rear blind spot, because there is an overlap between the mirrors.

    5. Also note that your side mirrors now capture a tremendous additional amount of information about what is in the lanes right next to your car. Previously, you would have to turn your head to ensure nothing was in the lanes beside your car before changing lanes. Now, your side mirrors do a much better job of covering this blind spot on the sides.

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