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How to Position Auto Mirrors

Updated March 23, 2017

The proper position of your car's mirrors is very important to your safety. The ideal position of auto mirrors depends on many things; your height and typical driving position generally work together in this. By correctly positioning your mirrors, you can reduce blind spots and improve your driving visibility.

Sit in the driver's seat and adjust the seat to your normal driving position. If you decide to change the position of your seat, your mirrors will need to be readjusted.

Position the rear-view mirror to include the entire rear window. You should be able to see as much with your rear-view mirror as you could by turning around.

Rest your head against the driver's side window. Adjust the driver's side-view mirror; make sure you can see the side of your vehicle with your head in this position.

Move your head back to the normal driving position and test the driver's side-view mirror line of sight. You should have a clear view or what's behind and beside you.

Position your head in the centre of your interior cabin. Adjust the passenger side-view mirror; make sure you can see the side of your vehicle in this position.

Move your head back to the normal driving position and view the mirrors. Make any adjustments needed to improve the view.

Warning

No position of auto mirrors will completely eliminate blind spots; always use caution when making turns and lane changes. Some vehicles have more blind spots than others.

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