Saturday, July 07, 2007

How to eliminate blind spots, according to Click and Clack

Last week I heard on Car Talk Click and Clack recommend that drivers adjust side-view mirrors in a way that eliminates blind spots. As they put it on their website:
The back corner of the car never moves. It always stays in the same exact place. So there's really no reason to keep an eye on it.
By moving the side mirrors farther out, you can line up all three of your mirrors so they have minimal overlap -- and you can see everything behind you and beside you.

Click here for their step-by-step directions.


Zach said...

This is an excellent point. The only reason to keep part of your car in view would be to orient you when looking into the mirror. I've driven with my mirrors adjusted outward since I was in high school, and I swear by it. Taking time to periodically 'calibrate' your mirrors (this is most easily done while parked, with good reference points behind and to the sides) you can ensure 1) that when you see a car in one mirror or the other, you know exactly where it is in relation to your car, and 2) that you have uninterrupted visual coverage from the rearview mirror to the sideview mirror to the view out your car window.

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