A few weeks ago I received an email from a co-worker that included a link to a short how-to video. This particular video demonstrated a way to adjust a vehicle's side- and rear-view mirrors so that the blind spot is reduced as much as possible.
If reducing your blind spot is a big concern of yours, you might find the video helpful, but if you're like me, you might have some concerns about the recommendation. Take a look:
Adjusting Side-View Mirrors to Reduce Blindspots
The tips provided in this video went against everything I had always done when adjusting my own vehicle's mirrors, so I went looking for answers from the experts. I shared the video with Tom Krause, West Bend's Fleet Manager for the last 20 years. Tom oversees a fleet of 130+ vehicles spread throughout the Midwestern United States.
This was Tom's response:
Adjusting Side-View Mirrors to Safely Back Up a Vehicle
The video above demonstrates one way to reduce the blindspots on a vehicle. It is important to recognize, however, that reducing a blindspot and eliminating a blindspot are two very different things. No matter what adjustments you make to your rear- and side-view mirrors, you'll have a difficult - if not impossible - time completely eliminating blindspots, so you should always look over your shoulder before making lane changes.
Because a safe driver will always look over their shoulder no matter what, I think it makes sense to adjust your side-view mirrors to aid in safely backing the vehicle up. After all, even if your vehicle has a soon-to-be-mandated backup camera, you'll still need to know where the edges of your vehicle are. To make this simple adjustment all you need to do mimic this photo and set your mirrors so that you can see just the very edge of your vehicle.
How are Your Mirrors Adjusted?
We'd love to hear what you think of the video? Is this how you have your side-view mirrors adjusted? Or do you have your mirrors set up so that you can see the side of your car? Let us know which way you like things setup in the comments section below.