This may sound like a little bit of an odd post, but bear with me. I think you’ll find it useful no matter what you drive and it might even end up making you a better driver.
This all came about as I was hopping in the car (not the Porsche thankfully), in the passenger seat actually, with my 15 year old daughter for a little driver’s ed session. It didn’t occur to me until probably 7 or 8 driving sessions after she got her learner’s permit to talk about adjusting her mirrors…and actually making sure she did it. Guess I don’t have much of a future in driver’s ed.
About the same time, I ran across an article that talked about adjusting your mirrors. Next thing you know, I’m Googling “how to adjust your mirrors” and the rest is history.
Although everyone has their own take on how to do it, the basic reasoning behind it, avoiding blind spots as much as possible, is the common thread. The method I like the most is a pretty simple process. The concept is you don’t need to see the same thing in all 3 of your mirrors. Here are the 3 steps:
- Windshield/Center Mirror – Adjust it so you can see straight back.
- Right Mirror – Adjust this one so that as a car is passing you on the right, as it leaves the center mirror, it begins to show up in the side mirror. Once the car gets to the end of your side mirror, you should be able to see it out your side window.
- Left Mirror – Adjust it the same as your right mirror only accomplishing the same thing on the left side.
Contrary to common practice, adjusting your side mirrors according to the above method means you won’t be taking up a third (or more!) of your mirror seeing the back tail end of your car. Really, the only thing that view is good for is to see where you’ve gotten hit when you plow into someone next to you.
Instead you’ll be seeing empty lanes in your side rear view mirrors. It takes a little getting used to, but after a few days, I think you’ll find you have a much better view of those typical blind spots and are more aware of what’s around you.
Here’s another article with some pictures if you want to try out a little bit different method: How to Adjust Your Mirrors