How to set your side view Mirrors


Here is a tip on setting your car mirrors I got it from Click and Clack the Tappet brother AKA Car Talk guys but I have been using it for years a few years and trust me it works.  No more Blind Spots 


Step 1: Start by setting your rear-view mirror as you normally would. 

Then,lean your head all the way to the left so it touches the driver’s window. From that position,set your left side-view mirror so you can see the back corner of your car. Now lean the same distance the other way,and set your right side-view mirror the same way. Now,here’s what happens. When a car comes up behind you,you should first see it in your rear-view mirror. 

But as it passes you (let’s say on your left),you’ll see it move to the left side of your rear-view mirror. And as its left headlight disappears from your rear-view mirror,it should instantly show up in your left side-view mirror. There should be no delay. It should slip from one to the other,so you can always see it. 


Step 2: Left-Side Mirror Alignment: 

Set your left-side mirror so that as soon as the passing car’s left, front headlight disappearsfrom your rear-view mirror, it appears in your left-side mirror. 

You might need to make some slight adjustments to your side-view mirrors to make everything line up perfectly. And pulling up next to a line of parked cars (to simulate another lane of traffic next to you) is a good way to do that. 


Step 3: Right-Side Mirror Alignment: Then do the same thing on the right. 



Step 4: End result? No huge blind spots. 

Driving with the mirrors this way takes some getting used to. You have to learn to rely on your rear-view mirror first. And you’ll have to get used to what your side-view mirrors are now looking at. But,the good news is that your blind spot should nowbe gone! 

Here is a link to it also 




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One Response to “How to set your side view Mirrors”

  1. epm Says:

    Hey, this actually works! Who knew.

    It’s a little creepy at first because the side mirrors are pointed out farther than is usual, but in actual road use it’s quite effective. I find I’m using my rearview mirror more and the side mirrors just for checking, well, side traffic… rear traffic.

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