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Driver’s Education and Mirrors

Today, most vehicles are equipped with both side mirrors and a rearview mirror. For first-time drivers, it is a good idea to know the limitations of your mirrors before you start out on the road. When you get behind the steering wheel, you are taking on the responsibility to practice safe driving. This is something that is taught at Drivers EdNevada. One of the first lessons for new drivers is how to properly adjust the vehicle mirrors to maximize the view. Many drivers will not take the time to adjust the side mirrors and may lose up to 20% of their viewing range. When it comes to proper adjustment, that 20% can mean not seeing a vehicle that is right beside you.

The driver’s side mirror is the most used mirror. It is best to adjust the mirror so you cannot see your vehicle. If you lean slightly against the door when adjusting the driver’s side mirror, and line up the vehicle in the mirror. When done properly, the driver can see the extra 20% behind and beside the vehicle. The same adjustment can be used for the passenger side. Leaning moderately toward the passenger side and adjusting the mirror to show the edge of the vehicle, once back in the natural seated manner, the expanded view allows for the 20%. You now have an extra 40% of viewing from the side view mirrors. This means when you are driving and using the mirrors, you can see vehicles to the sides of the car and your peripheral vision will detect the vehicle the moment it is lost in the side mirrors. More explained here.

According to Drivers EdNevada, the rearview mirror is necessary for constant monitoring. Adjusting the mirror in a manner that allows for maximum viewing means to not see your reflection in the mirror. The back window should be centered. If you have a rearview mirror that has a tab on the bottom of the mirror, the tab should be pointed away (toward the windshield) when you adjust your mirror. Nighttime driving will allow vehicles behind you to reflect in the rearview mirror. The tab on the bottom of the mirror, when flipped forward will allow you to deflect the headlights behind you and still give a complete view of the vehicle and road behind you.

While mirrors are essential for driving make sure you do not rely fully on mirrors when changing lanes. Use your eyes to make the right decisions for lane changing. Quickly turn your head, look over your shoulder, and look before you change lanes. This could potentiallysave your life and save the lives of other motorists. When backing up, do not use your rearview mirror. The mirror is for monitoring vehicles behind you when you drive, not for using reverse. When backup up, place your hand on the back of the passenger seat, turn your head, put your other hand on the top of the steering wheel and allow the vehicle to reverse with little to no pressure on the accelerator. This will allow you to maintain control of the vehicle at all times. To improve your skills, why not visit a professional outfit like Drivers EdNevada?

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