Proper mirror adjustment means safer driving
Proper mirror adjustment is critical to safe driving.
However, many drivers in Saskatchewan are not maximizing their view of the road.
Before heading out onto the road, SGI recommends drivers keep the following advice in mind when adjusting the mirrors on their vehicle.
First, you should adjust your rear view mirror so that you are able to see as much of the rear windshield as possible. While adjusting the mirror, you should aim to keep your head in the same position as it will be when you are driving the vehicle.
Next, adjust your driver's side mirror by leaning to the left so that your forehead is barely touching the side window. Then, move the mirror so that you can just see the left side of your vehicle.
To adjust the passenger side mirror, move your head toward the centre of your vehicle. Once you have done that, adjust the mirror so from that position you can see just a sliver of the right side of your vehicle.
By setting mirrors so you can see both sides of the vehicle from the driving position, the same image will appear in all three mirrors. By setting them so you have to lean to see the sides of the vehicle, the outside mirrors continue on where the inside mirror leaves off - giving you an expanded view of the road and ultimately reducing your blind spot.
Still, even with the improved view, it is recommend that you continue to shoulder check before every lane change. A bicycle, motorcycle or pedestrian may have gone undetected. As well, always signal your intention to change lanes well in advance in order to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
"Proper mirror adjustment gives you the ability to see that much more of the road, ultimately reducing the risk of being involved in a collision," says Brian Kline, SGI's Manager of Vehicle Standards and Inspection.
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