You will most likely glance at your Porsche side mirrors voluntarily or involuntarily after every 10 minutes. It could be because you’ll be changing lanes, accelerating or slowing down. Whatever the case, you will need your side mirrors as long as you are driving. It therefore makes perfect sense to know what it takes to adjust your side mirrors and how to maintain them. This is especially important if you drive Porsche. So how exactly do you adjust your side mirrors without interfering with another driver’s way? Are there important considerations you should not ignore? Read on to find out.
You must be able to see out of your rear window clearly. This is the first and certainly the most important rule when it comes to side mirrors. Be sure to also inspect the day/night switch on your rear view mirror. The day switch should be on as you drive during the day. This sounds obvious but many drivers forget it.
Remember that your side mirrors alone play the single important role when it comes to seeing the sides of your car. Once adjusted well, you will have created what road safety experts refer to as ‘tunnel vision’ to the rear side. Note too that your side view mirrors are designed to overlap much of what the inside rearview mirror sees. This brings about another vital issue – blind spots.
Tunnel Vision Vs Blind Spots
The best solution to tunnel vision and blind spots is adjusting the side view mirrors. Do this beyond the point where you can see the sides of your car clearly on the inside age of the side mirror. This set up solves the blind spot problem with ease. To adjust the side mirrors this way, roll up the window and gently press your head against the glass. Adjust the side mirror so that you can clearly see the edge of your car. Remember this applies to vehicles with inside mirrors. It is also all about adjusting the side mirror for the driver’s side.
The Passenger’s Side
Place your head at the center of the car. This should be directly behind the mount of the inside mirror. Adjust the outside mirror until you can see the edge of the car. Note that this is necessary even with curved (convex) mirrors where the image is slightly distorted.
Getting On The Highway
You may not know this but your ability to accurately judge how to merge with traffic flow before joining the highway will be enhanced with the view that is provided by the ‘wide view’ side mirror. The same case applies when you will be passing the interchange on the highway. This explains why you cannot afford to use a faulty side mirror or fail to know a thing or two about side mirror adjustment. That knowledge alone, however minor it seems is more often than not, the difference between a skilled driver and a poor one.
Point To Note
This is important for when you are about to move into a passing lane or drive back into the travelling lane. The thumb rule here is simple. You must be able to see the headlights of the incoming car you wish to pull in front of in the rearview mirror.