You may remember a song that went, “Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are.” While that was a song about life’s lessons, there are a few things we should all know about how important rearview mirrors are to safe driving.
While new electronic devices are helping drivers be aware of surrounding traffic in high-tech ways, the good old rearview mirror is still a dependable way of letting you know what’s around you. There are usually 3 on each vehicle, 1 attached to the windshield inside and 2 attached outside on each of the front doors.
It’s important that they be adjusted properly before you start driving (not while you’re driving). Experts say the windshield rearview mirror should cover the area behind the vehicle while the outside mirrors should not simply duplicate that view but extend it to the sides, where blind spots normally are.
Drivers don’t think about their rearview mirrors all that much. On reflection, don’t they deserve respect and care for the important job they do?
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