Friday, February 27, 2015

Blind spot elimination side mirror adjustment

There is a newer side mirror adjustment to eliminate blind spot for a decade now. There is one guy who is very vocal against it. I'm sure if he is still that much against it or he just don't want to withdraw the articles he submitted to the internet.

I have this renewed interest because ... I'm horrified about the smallness of the new cars! Those two seaters shorter than a Mini! Horrible! And often those drivers have insufficient confidence who use others as a speedometer, by following you synchronously for miles at your traditional blind spot!

First, that guy assume that if you flip left and right, there is all that is to it. No. I have to go home daily on a 8 lane freeway / motorway after dust, in a traffic jam moving at over 80 miles per hour. I have to cut from the outermost lane 8 (carpool) to exit the freeway in about a mile. And many of the other "cars" are humv sized SUV's with bright LED's glaring into your side mirror. And they don't signal if they don't see the need to. When they signal, it means move over, I'm coming.

I drove on several continents and I experienced all the international aggressive, incompetent driving styles on my way home.

That guy is not comparing apple to apple, and piles up all the reasons he can think of to support himself. This is obvious when he's talking about backup! WTF! Now if somebody created an accident on the freeway, it's not just a bump on the door, but a pile up of biblical proportions at 80 MPH. Honestly, I didn't do parallel parking and not even reverse parking for so long that I think I will fail any test. If you really need the side mirror for perfect parking, fine, but who cares. The car is mostly stationary and you have all the time to look around 360 without the side mirror. If you hit anything, it will be just a scratch.

I don't think he got the geometry right. I was looking for more scientific and geometric explanations so as to set the side mirrors perfectly. But youtube users seemed to have done a better job. Anyway, the new blind spot is a narrow triangle with your side back door on one side and extruding to the other lane. In theory, a short motorbike can hide in that zone. But practically, being in that zone at high speed is a dead wish - extreme tail gating - and it doesn't depend on how your side mirrors are adjusted. If you want to pass right at the lane marking line, you would not stay on the dead zone and suddenly accelerate. 

If he wants to talk about human nature, I tell you what, my wife never use the side mirrors! And it's not just her. When driving tests are easy, the side effect is that you can pretend to check the blind spot without understanding what to look for. If you look over your shoulder without seeing anything the examiner will give you a tick.

I can assure you that many drivers turn their heads to make sure that they don't create an accident during lane change. That's not bad when there's plenty of space ahead. But the problem is that people don't signal when they see the lane is free to take. So when you do everything that's right, and in the middle of changing over, you will find that somebody in front of you is also moving over to the same lane from the other side, without signalling.

The traditional way isn't fool proof if you do everything right. There is the pillar blind spot between the rear and front side windows. Practically, you can only see clearly cars that pass your side rear door. Small cars can still hide in the blind spot without being detected.

The guy talked about different cars, trucks, vans. This is rubbish. I don't even see if the traditional way claims to be one size fit all. I can't say about trucks, but it is your responsibility to see if it works for your vehicle.

Yes, there are cheap blind spot elimination mirrors as add-ons. But the problem is, if you don't know how to set the side mirrors in any methodology, you are not going to be able to set these aids correctly, or even buy the right mirrors.

My wife will never let me see how she drives, to avoid me telling her what is the correct, safe way. She never adjust the side mirrors - she don't know how to and she don't use them anyway. You may wonder what her driving instructor taught her. I think if your student is a total failure, you may want to teach her something that she feels her money spent is worthwhile. She talked about how to claim the lane for herself out maneuvering other drivers, when she don't even know how to use the mirrors, admen.

Some people obviously don't really understanding the newer adjustments or they didn't even try. Basically, for the traditional method, looking over the shoulder is vague. How far back an angle you need? The newer method didn't claim that you don't need to look. A comfortable side glance over the shoulders guarantee that you won't miss anything. It makes the obvious more obvious. Hopefully my wife will notice something there even if she doesn't adjust the mirrors herself.

You can't change lanes using the side-mirror alone. But that's not wrong on the method itself, it's transitional.

I saw a cyclist who is very much against it because they are often hit by car doors. I would say it's a already problem with the old method. For the newer method, if you bother to look, and you can't see your side door, you will find a way like turning your head when the car is stationary. I don't see how you will want to over take a parked car along the curb. Any passenger may hit you. For the driver side doors, I always make sure they are not opened to the on coming traffic. Cars and cyclists are not any different. If you don't open the door all of a sudden, you should be able to catch anything moving with any proper adjustments.

That comes to the point of awareness all the time. The fact is, people often drive 4 hours or more at weekends, and over 7 hours on vacation. It's a good point but you can't expect everybody to do it all the time. And also the drivers who follow you at the blind spot so if the cops are catching speeders, they will not be the first.

As for motorists who can sneak around your car close at high speed, they already have a solution. 10 out of 10 have a exhaust louder than a siren. You just can't miss them.

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