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What is the proper placement for a blind-spot mirror?

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Finding an ideal height and angle on a car to place a blind-spot mirror involves several steps to achieve an accurate view, according to the Auto Moto Advisor. The process is not perfect and may require a few tries, but sizing up the glass for appropriate position can be a good starting point, says Auto Moto Advisor. The goal of blind-spot mirror placement is to eliminate as many blind spots as possible when driving.

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The Society of Automotive Engineers suggests adjusting the mirror outward enough so the viewing angle of the side mirror overlaps the cabin's rearview mirror. With this approach, a driver can see more of the cars in the blind spot. Traditional placement of a blind-spot mirror allows a driver to see the flank of the car being driven and the car directly behind it; however, it may be difficult to see a car to the left. Adjust the blind-spot mirrors so that the car in the rearview mirror is not visible in the blind-spot mirrors.

While it might be difficult to get used to the position of these mirrors, a driver can negate a car's blind spot with these positions. Switching lanes when driving will require a quick look over the shoulder when using this setup.

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