29 May 2012
You know what they say about mirrors, right? “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest insurance mascot of them all?” Some would say it’s me. I won’t confirm or deny, I’ll let you be the judge! [EDITOR’S NOTE: He may be a good mascot, but he’s certainly not the greatest employee of them all!] Mirrors can save your life. By reflecting lasers that are about to burn you, like what happens in countless space/sci-fi movies? Sure, why not. (Seriously, where do I get these readers from? Such vivid imaginations!) I was actually referring to your rear-view and side-view mirrors in your car. You know, the things that help you see things not in your immediate peripheral vision? Yes…those.
Many people simply take their mirrors for granted as they don’t notice something around them and get in an easily-avoidable accident. Don’t be one of those people! Instead, use the following tips to make sure you’re making best use of your mirrors for a safe driving experience:
- Adjust your mirrors before you drive and be sure to readjust each time you change your seat alignment. Don’t do it while you’re driving, keep your eyes on the road!
- When adjusting your side-view mirrors, move them so you can’t see your own car, but so you’d be able to if you adjusted your mirrors just a tad more.
- Know where your blind spots are. While following Step 2 will minimize them, most cars will always have blind spots somewhere. Once you know where they are, be sure to periodically check them, especially before you change lanes!
- Use the “night setting” on your rear-view mirror when driving at night if available. This will minimize glare.
- Be sure to look in your mirrors often while driving. No – not to look at your beautiful face, to look at the road!
- Clean your mirrors before you drive. Your side-view mirrors can accumulate dirt and ice fairly easily (in the winter, anyways) – you don’t want to get in a preventable accident because you couldn’t see out of your mirrors! And even though your rear-view mirror probably doesn’t get as dirty, it still collects dust – clean that one too!