What are side mirrors used for?
When it comes to safety, one of the golden rules while driving is the proper use of side mirrors. Understand that these are not simple accessories or secondary elements, on the contrary they play a key role. It is therefore necessary to learn how to adjust them correctly to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. Indeed, this setting will allow the driver to have the situation under control even at the rear. He will therefore not be forced to turn around or lose visibility in front of him when driving or parking.
We have already seen what the black stripes on these mirrors are used for, now let’s see how to adjust them optimally. Is there a difference in setting between the one on the right and the one on the left? We bet you’ve never paid attention to a particular detail!
Here is the famous unsuspected detail of their setting
How do I adjust the mirrors? First, as you should already know, the adjustment changes depending on the position. Thus, the mirror on the left (the one next to the driver) is not adjusted in the same way as the one on the right. In particular, it will be adjusted in such a way that it can offer a perfect view of everything behind it. It is indeed important to have excellent visibility on the wing and tail of the car without the slightest obstruction. As for the right rear-view mirror, it must also be adjusted as well as possible, aiming lower. This setting will make driving as much easier as parking.
But what is this detail that hardly anyone has noticed so far? In addition to having the tail of the car always visible, it will be necessary to orient the mirror on the left by having the opening of the rear door visible. On the other hand, with regard to the right rear-view mirror, the adjustment must be made having the two door openings (front and rear) equally obvious. This is why the adjustment must be done by aiming a little lower than the left rear-view mirror. This detail is very useful, because it indicates, by an intuitive trick, the perfect adjustment of the two side mirrors!
Good to know : For novice drivers who have just obtained their driver’s license, there is a more technical aspect to consider. In modern cars, the side mirrors can be easily adjusted by means of a push-button panel placed to the left of the driver. It is electronic, ergonomic and easy to use. For better visibility on the road, always remember to adjust the side mirrors of your vehicle correctly!