It’s time for spring break travel! What most drivers don’t realize is that your vehicle’s mirrors can play an important role in avoiding car accidents. In fact, they are one of the most vital parts of an automobile. They provide safety at a much higher level than turning your neck to try to see something on your own. Whether it’s driving or even parking, your mirrors can allow you to better manipulate obstructed views, blind spots and all of your vehicle’s surroundings.
The following are tips on the roles your different mirrors play, and how you can better use them to avoid accidents:
Adjust before driving - It seems clear, but a lot of drivers wait until they are driving to try to adjust the mirrors, which in the long run can cause even more distractions and harm. It’s important to complete this step before you begin driving.
Always check - Any time you are changing - stopping, turning, speeding, switching lanes - it’s a good idea to check your mirrors so that you can see what’s around you.
Check your wipers - Your wiper blades should be checked every six months and changed at least once a year. Most drivers fail to do this as often and wind up with low visibility because of poor vision from outdated wipers. It’s simple, easy and inexpensive. It’s a great idea to include this as part of your oil change routine each time.
Make sure they’re functional - Did you know we do mirror replacement and repair here at Discount Auto Glass? If your outside mirror is broken or cracked, that can be a safety concern. We can replace it for you! Or, if your rear view mirror has fallen off, we’ll be happy to glue it back onto your windshield. It’s a simple fix!
Use your rearview mirror - Located right above the dashboard for ease, you should use this to keep an eye on what’s behind you while driving. Using this mirror allows you to not have to turn your head and take your eyes off the road.
Don’t forget your sideview mirrors - On the left and right sides of your vehicle, you’ll find your sideview mirrors to view both behind you and each side of you. These are necessary for turning and parallel parking, so don’t forget to use them to keep you safe from bumping into an obstruction or car..