You may remember a song that went, "Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are." While that was a song about life's lessons, there are a few things we should all know about how important rearview mirrors are to safe driving.
While new electronic devices are helping drivers be aware of surrounding traffic in high-tech ways, the good old rearview mirror is still a dependable way of letting you know what's around you. There are usually 3 on each vehicle, 1 attached to the windshield inside and 2 attached outside on each of the front doors.
It's important that they be adjusted properly before you start driving (not while you're driving). Experts say the windshield rearview mirror should cover the area behind the vehicle while the outside mirrors should not simply duplicate that view but extend it to the sides, where blind spots normally are.
Your rearview mirrors must be able to hold the positions they're adjusted in; it there's play in them or they move around, you'll never be sure they're pointed in the direction that will let you see where traffic is. The one on the windshield must be firmly attached. If it won't stay where you want it, head to your service facility where they can tighten it or replace any parts necessary to let the mirror maintain its aim. If it has fallen off the windshield completely, a technician can reattach it with the proper adhesives or fasteners. There may be electronics that need to be properly connected as well.
The outside mirrors cover your blind spots and they must be able to hold their adjustments, too. Many adjust electronically; switches and motors can fail, electrical connections can detach or become corroded and the reflective glass can crack, discolor or develop a hazy fog. A technician can diagnose and repair those problems and recommend any replacement parts you might need. Mirrors that are adjusted manually also should be restored to proper working order in order for you to maintain this important rear visibility.
Drivers don't think about their rearview mirrors all that much. On reflection, don't they deserve respect and care for the important job they do?
Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta
10 Northtown Drive
Sparta, Illinois 62286
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