Don’t Turn the Door Mirrors Outwards. It Causes Far More Danger than it Cures!

Back in 2003, I first wrote the article Setting a Driver’s Mirrors for Maximum Safety, for the not-for-profit organization, Drive and Stay Alive, then we updated it in 2017 and reposted it here on the ADoNA website.

This is the view through the passenger-side door mirror and the red text speaks for itself, as one of the ten reasons mentioned in the paragraph below. (Copyright image, 2019.)

By means of the link shown in the opening paragraph, above, you will find ten reasons why the exterior mirrors of a vehicle should not be set in the “wide” position, rather than the traditional method where just a little bit of the edge of your vehicle is visible. And all ten of those reasons still stand.

The obsession with wanting to set mirrors “wide” seems to have died off somewhat in recent years, but even so, we have received more aggressive and offensive e-mails over this one subject than all of the hundreds of other topics we have ever posted, added together! (Go figure.)

In that context, our 16-year-old offer still stands, and it is this:

If you can prove us wrong, in the safety sense, on any of our ten reasons not to set mirrors wide, we really will listen to you and will also post your reasoning. And if anyone can prove us wrong on six of the ten reasons — i.e. more than half — we will change our belief and go with wide mirrors! 🙂

To date, however, nobody has yet come up with a safety argument that beats even one of the ten reasons.


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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at:

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