Subject: putting real sideview mirrors onto my 2000 Sonata.
Problem: Like other car makers, Hyundai put styling above safety.
I could have had an accident last night when merging on the
freeway because I didn't see another car in the blind spot. It's
a short lane change area that requires a split-second decision at
high speed. It's tense.
I also have constant parking problems in this car because I can't
judge where the car is relative to the curb. I'm either parked
too far from the curb, or am scraping my right tires, which are
now badly scuffed. I can't see it without getting out of the car
I have never had these problems with any other cars that I have
owned,and I've always had a good sense of where the edges of the
body are located. Not in the Sonata.
I just realized that the stock sideview mirrors are too small,
and even more anti-ergonomic because of their slick tapering. I
just can't see enough in the mirrors. Truckers are professional
drivers: they don't put up with dainty high-fashion foolery like
The stock mirrors are mounted on pods that seem to be integrated
into the car's paneling.
Please, I'd like to bat around some ideas, possible solutions
here. What can I do about this problem that won't involve
bodywork? I want decent-sized mirrors on this car that are
rectangular and don't look like a hack job.
Related topic #2: curb feelers. What's good, and where to buy
them. But let's begin with the mirrors.