Eliminating the Blind Spot
It seems simple enough: adjusting your side and rear view mirrors so you can see what’s going on around you while you’re driving. Even then, it’s common knowledge that you have “blind spots” and that alone is a significant contributing factor for car crashes. However, did you know there is a way to adjust your mirrors that essentially eliminates blind spots?
Today, many of the newest vehicles come equipped with blind spot warning systems or the option to have one installed on your car. However, you can do this yourself without the added expense. Way back in 1995, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published a paper with these very suggestions that eliminate blind spots.
Just follow these simple steps to give yourself a better view of everything, and everyone, around you while on the road. By adjusting your mirrors further outward, you can minimize overlap and those blind spots.
Step One: Adjust your rear view mirror just as you would normally.
Step Two: While sitting in your vehicle, you can adjust your driver’s side mirror by leaning your head all the way to the left until it just touches your window. Adjust your mirror so that you see just the back left corner of your car.
Step Three: After you adjust your driver’s side mirror, while still sitting in your car, lean the same distance to your right now. Set your mirror the same way…again to the point that you’re only seeing the back right corner of your car.
An easy way to make sure you have adjusted your mirrors correctly? As you’re driving and a car comes up behind you, the first place you’ll see that car is in your rear view mirror. If that car should pass you, say for instance on your left, you should see its left headlight disappear from your rear view mirror and immediately be visible in your left side mirror.
The hardest thing to adjust to initially is the idea of not seeing the side of your car when you’re driving, since that’s naturally what most people do when they adjust mirrors. In time you’ll learn to use your rear view mirror first, and then get used to a wider view from each of your side mirrors. But it’s a small price to pay for increased safety for you and those around you.
Here’s to safe, blind-spot free driving for everyone!
Johnny Nocera has been on the radio airwaves in Southwest Florida with “Dr. Johnny’s Car Clinic” WGUF New Radio 98.9 FM every Saturday morning from 9-10 for over 27 years. He also owns, along with his sons Jr. and Jimmy, Supreme Auto and Collision located in downtown Naples, and has been in business for more than 38 years.