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Old 06-16-2005, 03:14 PM
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better than stock rearview mirrors?

Does anyone know of a not hideous looking but much more functional rear view mirror?(keep in mind this is for an integra not a benz). Today i saw a motorcycle come up beside me, but then just dissapear. I knew he was there but even looking over my shoulder i couldn't find the sob, i had to have my friend turn around and look for me so i knew if it was safe to move over(it wasn't, he was in a total blind spot to me). Granted, it was dumb of the motorcycle rider to be riding beside me in that manor, but i really didn't like not being able to see him. Had i not been watching my mirrors previously i would have never known he was there(which is why you are supposed to look at your mirrors even when not changing lanes..) A friend of mine had a huge one for his old truck a long time ago, and while it worked really well i don't want something huge and ugly sitting in my windsheild. thanks,

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Old 06-16-2005, 03:38 PM
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Given the B & C pillars on our cars, their narrow width and the sizes of the OEM mirrors, there are a few "blind spots". This article ran in the Car Talk's newspaper column, so I thought "why not?" After a week of driving with this setup and getting reaclimated to the different views, I can tell you it works.

Ray: Well, it might get old several times a year, Lane. But we'll try to slip it in as often as our editors let us get away with. Here's the column you're talking about:

Tom: We've discovered that it's possible to set your three mirrors (rearview and both side views) so that they eliminate almost any possible blind spots.

Ray: For years, we've been setting our side-view mirrors so they give us a view of the back corner of our car. This is the way it's been passed down from grandfather to father to us. But we've finally discovered something very interesting: The back corner of the car never moves. It always stays in the same exact place. So there's really no reason to keep an eye on it.

Tom: So, by moving the side mirrors farther out, you can line up all three of your mirrors so they have minimal overlap -- and you can see everything behind you and beside you.

Ray: Here's how to do it: Start by setting your rearview mirror as you normally would. Then, lean your head all the way to the left, so it touches the driver's window. From that position, set your left side-view mirror so you can see the back corner of your car. Then lean the same distance the other way, and set your right side-view mirror the same way. Now, here's what happens.

Tom: When a car comes up behind you, you should first see it in the center of your rearview mirror. But as it passes you (let's say on your left), you'll see it move to the left side of your rearview mirror. And as its left headlight disappears from your rearview mirror, it should instantly show up in your left-side mirror. There should be no delay. It should slip from one to the other, so you can always see it.

Ray: If you're having trouble visualizing this, we've posted a diagram and instructions on our Web site, the Car Talk section of

Tom: After you make the initial, rough settings, you might need to make some slight adjustments to your side mirrors to make everything line up perfectly. Pulling up next to a line of parked cars (to simulate another lane of traffic next to you) is a good way to do that.

Ray: Driving with the mirrors this way takes some getting used to. You have to learn to rely on your rearview mirror first. And you'll have to get used to what your side-view mirrors are now looking at.

Tom: But once you get used to it, you'll find that if there's no one in your rearview mirror, no one in your side-view mirror and no one immediately next to you, you can confidently change lanes without worrying about a blind spot.

Ray: Just don't do what my brother did. He was so intrigued by how well his three mirrors were working that he forgot to look forward, and he almost drove into the back of a manure truck.
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Old 06-16-2005, 05:37 PM
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I use the round convex mirror that simply stick on the existing mirrors. They give you a panoramic view including the blind spots. A dollar or so at Pep Boys.

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