Adjusting Your Rearview Mirrors to Reduce Blind Spots

You probably learned how to adjust your car’s rearview mirrors way back in driver’s ed, or maybe it was when your parents taught you. Either way, there’s no doubt it’s been a while, and there is a good chance that the technique used at the time isn’t necessarily the best one. Your rearview mirrors can’t deliver the safest view until they are properly adjusted to reduce blind spots.

Here is our guide for properly adjusting your rearview mirrors:

You shouldn’t see your own car in your side mirrors. While this may be hard to get used to at first, angling your side mirrors farther outward helps to significantly reduce blind spots. When you can see the sides of your own car reflected in your side mirrors, two large blind spots are created – each one is large enough to hide an entire car. In this case, the outside mirror’s overlap with the inside rearview mirror’s view reduces overall outward visibility.

Each mirror has its own purpose and job. The interior rearview mirror should give a view directly behind your vehicle, which is very straightforward. The exterior rearview mirrors should offer a view of the cars travelling alongside you and slightly behind you. There should be a tiny bit of field-of-view overlap between the two exterior mirrors and the interior mirror.

Click here to see a helpful visual.

If you’re ready for an even more comprehensive exterior view of your vehicle, stop by Reichard Chevrolet today to see our exciting lineup of vehicles equipped with rearview cameras!

Adjusting Your Rearview Mirrors

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