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Below is a method of setting the outside rear view mirrors I use for good manual view of what is behind me when driving.
The recent discussion regarding rear view cameras was on my mind this weekend, as my wife and I drove 120 miles, almost exclusively on major highways, to be with family for the the holiday. The long drive, all of which is at high speed (for the USA) reminded me how much I appreciate the mirror settings on our car.
I first heard about the settings on a USA radio program called “Car Talk” hosted by the Maglozzi brothers, Tom and Ray, affection lay know as the Tappet Brothers. The two ran, and Ray may still run, a auto repair shop in Boston, Massachusetts, USA . Ray deceased a few years ago. I believe that both were graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I don’t recall the question that caused Ray, to share his now famous method of setting up the three rear view mirrors on his vehicle. But it is the system I have used for a number of year, which goes as follows.
The inside rear view mirror is set so that the driver looks straight back through the rear window. The two outside mirrors are nominally set to see the two lanes of traffic on either side of the car. The driven vehicle is not visible in the outside mirrors. The following specific setting for the two outside mirrors are the key to this method.
The outside mirrors are set so that as a vehicle overtakes the driven vehicle, and disappears from the inside rear view mirror, it simultaneously appears (with a slight overlap) in one of the two outside mirror. Further, as the passing vehicle disappears from the outside mirror, it appears, (with some overlap) in the driver’s line of vision in the side window. As a result, an overtaking vehicle is ALWAS IN view from a great distance back, until it passes.
If the driverI frequently checks the mirrors, he/she knows what vehicles are behind and if one is moving to overtake.
I find the system, which takes some getting used to, to give me much more information about the traffic around the driven vehicle.