Scrub away what you’ve learned about your side mirrors from driving school and try this instead!

Jerrica · Oct 31, 2019 03:51 PM

Best side mirror adjustment

We’ve talked about blind spots, now let’s talk about how to eliminate the blind spots without the need of expensive monitors.

Adjusting our side mirrors is one of the first lessons we learn in driving school. We were told to sit back and adjust our mirrors so we can see just a little bit of our car in the mirror.

But a paper published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 1995 states that is not the most optimised positiong and you can get more out of the side mirror adjustments.

Adjusting the mirrors further out would eliminate as much blind spots as possble

According to the paper, you’re not supposed to see your own car in your side mirrors, not even the flank of it. Instead, your mirrors should point further outwards to eliminate blind spots.

Here’s a quick step by step:

Step 1 - Adjusting your driver’s side mirror

Lean your head to the right side, adjust your mirror until you can just see the side of your car.

Step 2 - Adjusting your passenger side mirror

Position your head in the centre of your car, if you have a console rest on it! Adjust your passenger side mirror until you see just a small part of the car.

side mirror adjustments

It might seem rather disorientating in this set up but adjusting your mirrors according SAE’s recommendation would mean that a car will always stay within your line of sight at all times even when it is changing lanes.

Those who have switched to this adjustment swears by it. But that doesn’t eliminate the need to make that quick glance across your shoulder before making that lane change.

Explanation of side mirror adjustments

This adjustment only works for cars of equal proportions and is not for the use of cars with wider rear ends compared to their front ends.

So if you’re a proud owner of a Porsche 911, Nissan GTR or a Honda CR-Z, then it is best you stick to the driving school method!


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