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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2002 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

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I've been using the mirror procedure that was outlined here by Beachnut, and I think I'm now very used to it, and it does make driving easier, as there is almost no blindspot area around my car. It is odd not seeing the car approaching in the side mirrors anymore, until they get close, but you can see them in the rear view. While backing, I have to turn around now to watch my side-spacing, instead of relying on the side mirrors. But, all in all, I think I'll keep using this method.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2002 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

Scott........I also adjusted my mirrors, on my Pro, and I believe it just about elimates the blind spot, especially on the left side of the car. I still like to turn my head over my right shoulder when moving to the right lane. My Wife doesn't like my new mirror set up. I may buy some fish eyes for her MPV.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2002 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

Hmm, I tried this procedure, but didn't really like it. I suppose the 'ol "do as I say, not as I do" cliche might apply here no-no

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2002 9:37 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

Scott! LOL, I guess I have fat fingers or was recalling my feelings during many frustrating hours of installation rage

Since this is a G rated forum, I need to do some editing Embarassed

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2002 10:30 am    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

javadoc wrote:

While backing, I have to turn around now to watch my side-spacing, instead of relying on the side mirrors. But, all in all, I think I'll keep using this method.


If I need to, I move my side mirrors for backing. Especially backing from my in-laws driveway which is a pretty steep (for a driveway) descent. My mil won't back here Focus down it. She always turns around to drive out forward.

But anyhow, once I have backed down I return the mirrors to their original position.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2002 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

I dont trust mirrors for blind spot. What I usually do is turn my head before changing lanes. Thats how I learn it, never had a crash so far (cross my finger...)
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:05 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

Hmm...I use a slightly different method, I don't remember where I picked it up.

First, I adjust the inside mirror so that it's centered. Then, I do a basic adjustment on the outside mirrors so that I can't see my car with the mirrors. Finally, as I'm driving, I tweak the adjustment in or out as I'm tracking a car with the mirror. The theory is that, for example, as a car is coming up on your left to pass you, you should see him in the inside mirror, then in the driver's side mirror. There should be a point where the car is partially visible in both mirrors. The same applies for the passenger side mirror. It's not that hard to do, and I find it reduces the blind spot on both our cars very well.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2002 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

Tried the procedure for a the last few days and must say that it seems to cover the blind spots better. I use to have the mirrors adjusted too close to the car and wasn't use to not seeing my car in the sides. Now, I'm use to it. But I also always turn my head before changing lanes and such.

the little things you pick up here and there...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2002 11:03 am    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

Been using that way of adjusting the mirrors for many years. 2nd nature now.

PS. did you now the proper hand position on the stering wheel is now 3 & 9
no longer 10 & 4
Confused

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2002 8:09 am    Post subject: Re:Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

compac 1882 wrote:

PS. did you now the proper hand position on the stering wheel is now 3 & 9
no longer !0 & 4
Confused

I believe they are trying to keep your arms out of the way of the steering wheel airbag should it go off. You'll risk a broken arm if it takes the force of the exploding airbag. I believe hand position of eight and four is also acceptable.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Preventing blind-spots Reply with quote

A popular accessory in Europe is a small mirror (most in the U.S. would think them as a mirror for checking on kids in the back seat). This is mounted on the dash, windshield, or door frame at a height so that when you look at your outside rearview you first see the accessory mirror. Great when adjusted to pick up that blind spot just to the side of your car. I got used to them over my 5 years in Germany and brought a bunch home with me.
It can be unnerving to drive a car without one of these now that I am used to it.

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