How to Adjust Car Mirrors

The right car mirror adjustment determines the safety level of everyone in the car. This is why this subject is important for all drivers, beginners and professionals alike.

We at 5-Minute Crafts care a lot about the safety of people, so we’re going to tell you about ways to adjust the car mirrors and want to prevent you from making the most popular mistakes.

Adjusting the left side mirror

When adjusting the left side mirror, you need to sit behind the wheel like you always do. Then bend to the left and position the mirror so that you see a part of the car body. When you return to your normal position, you will see that the angle of view has become much wider.

When you sit normally in your seat, the line of the horizon should cross the center of the mirror.

Adjusting the right side mirror

With the right side mirror, tilt your head so that it’s in the middle of the car. In this position, you should be able to see the right side of the car. Such a position will help you see the road better and make the blind spots smaller.

The size of the horizon should be approximately in the middle of the mirror when you are in your car seat.

Adjusting the rearview mirror

Many drivers like to adjust their rearview mirrors “for themselves.” But in this case, there’s also a clear rule: the center of the mirror should align with the central spot of the back window of the car.

You should change the position of the mirror every time you adjust your seat. Check the position of the mirror every time you get into the car.

Sit in the seat and look into the mirror. The back window should be fully visible.

Check yourself

Ask a friend to walk around your car from about 3 meters away. If the mirrors are adjusted correctly, when the person walks out from the side mirror view, they will appear in the rear mirror view.

After driving with the correctly adjusted mirror, you will notice you have way fewer blind spots.

What you need to remember

  • Never adjust the mirrors while driving. This mistake endangers you.
  • Even when the mirrors are adjusted correctly, you will still have blind spots. Remember that you might need to look over your shoulder to see if there’s danger in the blind spot.
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