Many high-speed motorway crashes, squashed cyclists, and other such terrible incidents can be attributed to blind spots. Relatively new cars come with blind spot indicators and that is certainly one of the best additions to cars. But a very large fraction of cars on the road are still without blind spot aids.
The humble blind spot mirror solves this problem. For just a few pounds your blind spot can be covered by a little adhesive mirror attached to the door mirror.
What causes a blind spot
The car's pillars behind the driver (B, C, and D pillars), do a lot for safety but also obscure some of the driver's view of traffic behind them.
Door mirrors often have a convexity to them in order to give the driver a wider field of view. But the trade-off is that the convex shape distorts the reflected traffic, resulting in objects appearing closer than they are, hence the warning.
Do blind spot mirrors really work?
How well blind spot mirrors work comes down to installation and placement. It's absolutely vital the mirrors are installed so that they show the driver the blind spots.
Blind spot mirrors stick to the door mirror with adhesive and are adjustable so you're able to position the angle of the mirror exactly as you need it.
It's important to remember that, once installed, door mirrors and blind spot mirrors should be cleaned by with glass cleaner. Blasting them with a pressure washer or hose will cause the adhesive to lose stick.
The best blind spot mirrors
The rectangular shape gives you a greater field of view than a small round blind spot mirror. In
Size: 9.4 x 3.5cm
• Good field of view
• High quality glass
• There are even cheaper options
Simply BS001 could be the name of a freshman philosophy module on debunking pseudoscience. But
Size: 5 x 5cm
• Excellent value
• Suitable for small door mirrors
• Larger models give better field of view
The blind spot mirrors above are excellent but often people like the reassurance of a familiar
Size: 5.4 x 3.5cm
• From an established brand
• Excellent quality
• Comes in a pack of one
If you want more high-tech
Ultimately, we recommend mirrors but if you want something a bit more high-tech there are
• Simple and reliable
• Mirrors are still the better option
Checking the blind spot
While mirrors and sensors indicate hazards to you, you're still responsible for acting on that information. Also remember that blind spot checking needs to be done beyond lane changing. Check blind spots before pulling out a parking space and when around particularly vulnerable road users.
Here's a scenario checklist for when to check blind spots:
• Before changing lane
• Before merging
• Before turning if anything could come alongside your turning path
• Before pulling out from a kerb
• Before you park or leave a park
• Before and during reversing
Minimising blind spots
The field of coverage door mirrors already have is pretty good. Therefore, if you adjust your mirrors just so, a car isn't going to be able to hide in it completely. By which we mean, you'll be able to see the nose of the car in your door mirror before its bumper disappears out of sight in the rear-view mirror.
However, you still absolutely need to check your blind spot carefully because smaller vehicles can still hide there