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How to set up your car mirrors

By Tom Fraser, 29 Jul 2020 Car Advice

How to set up your car mirrors

Here's an easy trick to setting up your car's mirrors for maximum rear vision

The biggest mistake that many drivers make with their mirrors is not using them at all.

How often have you tried to get the attention of a terrible driver in front of you, particularly one sitting in the right-hand lane going slowly, only to realise they’re never going to see you behind them because their mirrors never reflect their eyes.

Finding a blind spot - wiki images

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The second biggest mistake is not setting up the mirrors properly – both rear-view and side mirrors. First of all, always make sure you’ve completed your seat adjustment before setting up your mirrors.

The rear-view mirror should be the simplest: Frame the rear window and attempt to get as little reflection of your car’s interior as possible.

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With the mirror on the right-hand side, set the height so that the horizon behind you (the point at which the road disappears) is halfway up the image you can see reflected.

Blind spotAn accurate depiction of what your side mirror view should look like.

Now push it out to the right so you can see as little of the side of your car as possible, and as much of the road and other vehicles as you can manage.

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However, be sure to leave a little of your own car in the image as a source of reference. 

The left mirror should be set up in the same way, except when you’re reverse parking – you should dip it down slightly so you can see the gutter next to you and avoid scuffing those wheels.

Now read about how to find the perfect driving position.