Driving Tip: Look Behind The Mirrors

Jim Luff
Posted on August 6, 2013

DRIVING GEM: Big mirrors can cause huge blind spots when you are driving a bus or van. Although these mirrors are place for safety, the mirrors can obstruct your view when pulling out of a driveway or crossing an intersection. A pedestrian or bicyclist can easily be completely obscured by the mirror.

Even if it appears clear, pull forward six inches and check again before accelerating, just to be sure. Speaking of mirrors on large vehicles, remember how far they stick out and avoid clipping mirrors with other large vehicles operating in close proximity such as major airports. Mirror “clicks” happen daily at airports, but remembering the extra clearance they need should prevent this from happening. — Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

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