You obviously don't drive in the city. For most of us city-dwellers,
bikes are perfectly capable of matching and even exceeding a car's speed
in the downtown core. It would be a real shame to kill someone because
you're so committed to having your blind spots.
I would suggest these professionally administered (by whom?) driving
safety courses were in error.
EVERY course I have heard of in the past 10 years has taught that SIDE
VIEW mirrors are for viewing what is alongside you and REAR VIEW for
what is behind you.
Take any "50 Alive" course - usually taught by State Police in NJ (who
are professionals of a sort) - and you'll hear EXACTLY the technique
suggested by Doug. They reinforce it for the drivers by having them sit
in a car and having someone else walk around the car. With the mirrors
correctly adjusted the driver can keep track of the person walking
around the car - all 360 degrees without EVER turning their head.
If you set your mirrors as Doug suggested - there is NO blind spot. And
that's the important point. NO blind spot. Think on that for a while.
Why in the world would you want a blind spot?
Really Fred - try it. Drive with them that way for 30 minutes in
different road conditions. I'll guarantee you won't go back to how you
have them adjusted now.. and you'll be a safer driver.
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