Position mirrors correctly
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) provide an extra layer of safety when you’re behind the wheel, but your mirrors should always be your first and last line of defense, says Lynn Fuchs, founder and president of the school of driving A Woman’s Way, based in Valley Stream and Glens Falls, New York.
“There could be a mechanical problem with the technology, and it could fail, so you always want to use your own eyes to figure out how to navigate safely while changing your position on the road,” says Fuchs.
This means consistently using all three mirrors – the inside rearview mirror, the driver’s side and passenger’s side exterior mirrors – while driving.
“The idea is to create a seamless visual view around as much of your vehicle as possible, especially at the rear, where it’s harder to see,” says William Van Tassel, manager of driver training programs for the American Automobile Association (AAA). Office.
Believe it or not, some drivers angle their mirrors inward — to see only their own car — instead of swinging them outward, he notes.
“We teach what is commonly called the Blind zone glare elimination technique adjust your mirrors – tilt the side mirrors outward approximately 15 degrees. The advantage is that you have a wider view all around the car behind you,” he says.
To properly adjust your driver’s side mirror, sit behind the wheel and touch your head to the driver’s window. Look at your rearview mirror and adjust it outward until you can see the lane beside you with just a small portion of the rear of your car as a reference point, advises Fuchs. For the passenger side mirror, lean to the right until your head is above the center console of your car, then look in your right side mirror and adjust it until you can see a part of your vehicle.
“Center your mirror so you’re not looking out the back seat, your face, or the ceiling — you center it through the rear window,” she says.
For better visibility, you can buy a wide-angle mirror that clips onto your existing rearview mirror, says Fuchs.