Adjusting their vehicle's mirrors is something all drivers do as a normal routine. But according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Car and Driver Magazine, it's also something that most of us are probably doing wrong! I read an article published in Car and Driver about a paper written by the SAE, in which the SAE laid out the best way to adjust your mirrors in order to eliminate dangerous blind spots. It opened my eyes and made me change how I was doing it, so I wanted to share that with you. I've also included a link below to the original article where this information came from and I recommend that you read it for yourself. Thanks for watching!
www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots

Comments

    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens

      I want to thank anyone that takes the time to watch this video - I appreciate it! I hope you find some value in it, and I also invite you to read the comments below. A lot of people have added some helpful information to what I put in the video, and I think you could profit from their wisdom. Thank you!

      about 2 years ago
    • Enrique Leonardo
      Enrique Leonardo In reply to Stan Cravens

      Great info

      about 1 month ago
    • Madi Lee
      Madi Lee In reply to Stan Cravens

      I know the way you teach is right but I like it showing the sides rear of my car and showing the farther distance behind my vehicle. It creates a rear blind spot for my car.
      The safest way before you change lane is to turn your head on your shoulders to make a quick look around you. That's the best solution and if you a driving student and they testing you that's what you need to do or you won't get your license.

      about 1 month ago
    • P B
      P B In reply to Stan Cravens

      Stan Cravens thank you for this my friend. You definitely saved people’s lives by making this vid. #YourAwesome

      about 2 months ago
    • Maake David
      Maake David In reply to Stan Cravens

      Always struggled with these settings. Thanks a mill!

      about 3 months ago
    • Alejandro Peralta
      Alejandro Peralta In reply to Stan Cravens

      @Stan Cravens hi Stan! I commented on this video 1 year ago,thanking you for this video,and you replied back,didn't have my license back then,my test was today and I passed I'm so happy! Big thanks God bless you.

      about 3 months ago
    • L N
      L N

      Great Thanks!

      about 1 day ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to L N

      You're welcome, and thanks for watching!

      about 21 hour ago
    • pista bolog
      pista bolog

      This make s sense, now go and back up in a tight parking spot ( at walmart) and post a vide with your car and those beside you

      about 1 day ago
    • taurusview9
      taurusview9

      This is the simplest best suggestion one can give. Thank you Stan!

      about 2 days ago
    • GmaGpaAdventures
      GmaGpaAdventures In reply to taurusview9

      taurusview9 You’re very welcome, and thank you for taking the time to watch it!

      about 2 days ago
    • Die Milch
      Die Milch

      Weird. Aren't you taught about this before getting your license?

      about 3 days ago
    • Die Milch
      Die Milch In reply to Die Milch

      @Stan Cravens Ohh okay I see, thank you for the answer 😊

      about 2 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Die Milch

      Everyone usually is instructed to adjust their mirrors in some way when they're learning to drive. How they are told to do it varies depending on who is doing the instructing.

      about 2 days ago
    • Darío O. Adame
      Darío O. Adame

      Thank very much. I went to two driving schools, and neither of them taught me what you have done.

      about 4 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Darío O. Adame

      I appreciate the comment and thank you for watching!

      about 4 days ago
    • John Mitchelson
      John Mitchelson

      ok but what about parking? you barely see anything that way, and you need to see the curb and everything else...

      about 4 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to John Mitchelson

      Your main mirrors should be positioned so they give you the most benefit during the majority of your driving situations. Parking and backing are important, so to help in those situations, I recommend adding small adjustable blind spot mirrors angled so they show you the area behind and close to your vehicle. They definitely help for the problem you mentioned.

      about 4 days ago
    • Faissal aka Md. Faisal Halim
      Faissal aka Md. Faisal Halim

      Thanks for sharing this! I realized the shortcomings of the flawed system when I nearly hit a police vehicle while emerging onto a highway (the police just carried on like nothing happened). I still change lanes one lane at a time, though -- straightening out into the lane to check for traffic in my side view mirrors before going on to the next lane. I know it's unnecessary, but I get a little nervous. I had not known the metric of where to position my head to position the side mirrors, though -- I had been doing that a bit arbitrarily. I will use the system that you have laid out, next time.

      about 7 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Faissal aka Md. Faisal Halim

      I'm glad to hear you're willing to try this method. I have used it for several years, and I'm very happy with it. And there's nothing wrong with moving over carefully one lane at a time...whatever makes you feel more confortable and safer while driving is what you should do. Thank you very much for watching and for leaving the comment!

      about 7 days ago
    • David Dou
      David Dou

      A comment on the convex mirror stating objects are closer then they appear would have helped. The note on the mirror appears at 1:14 but it is not on all mirrors. This being one reason why many people change lanes too soon after passing another car, you should be able to see the car you passed in your centre mirror before changing lanes back in front of it.

      about 9 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to David Dou

      Yes, pulling in too soon can cause accidents or road rage, and is at the very least, rude. Thank you for your comment, and I wish now that I had called that out in the video. I definitely agree with and follow the practice of only pulling into the other lane after I can see the vehicle completely in my center mirror.

      about 8 days ago
    • John Foley
      John Foley

      Yeah I figured this out after I missed seeing a car on the highway. Since you can't see closer in all you do is just move your body or head left or right as needed. Basically setting your mirrors out WIDER than normal.

      about 9 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to John Foley

      Exactly! I had some close calls before too because of my old mirror settings, and I feel much safer now with my mirrors set out wider.

      about 8 days ago
    • ADRIANANATALIA TV
      ADRIANANATALIA TV

      Good class!

      about 9 days ago
    • ADRIANANATALIA TV
      ADRIANANATALIA TV In reply to ADRIANANATALIA TV

      @Stan Cravens I really learnt something new

      about 9 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to ADRIANANATALIA TV

      Thank you for watching!

      about 9 days ago
    • Leann N
      Leann N

      This absolutely works. I lived in Europe a couple of times, and this is how they taught me to adjust my mirrors. He’s right - it feels weird at first, but when you get used to it you realize how much more you see.

      about 10 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Leann N

      It has worked well for me over the years, and now it’s second nature. I feel it has helped me to avoid several accidents in the past and will probably do so in the future as well. Thank you for your comment!

      about 10 days ago
    • O Yeah I Got them !
      O Yeah I Got them !

      Stan the man!!

      about 12 days ago
    • Brian Leister
      Brian Leister

      This video changed driving for the better! What a difference! Thank you. 👏

      about 12 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Brian Leister

      You’re very welcome, and I thank you for taking the time to watch it!

      about 12 days ago
    • Kedar Khot
      Kedar Khot

      Hey Stan. Thanks so much. Would the technique of adjusting the mirrors be any different for a Right Hand drive car?

      about 13 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Kedar Khot

      Yes, it would be the same technique for right-hand drive vehicles. Give this method a try and see what you think!

      about 12 days ago
    • Cezar Andrei
      Cezar Andrei

      I do not agree.
      Firstly, because using this technique, you will learn in time not checking your over the shoulder blind spot.
      If a bicycle or a motorcycle passes you very close to your car, you cannot see it.
      Secondly, I would not know if a mirror it is still adjusted since I have no reference. So far the reference is the side of my car.
      After all, I stick with what I am used to.
      More than a million km's (over 600k Mi) with no moving accidents, driving all type of cars and motorcycles, I know better than SAE what is safe for me
      Thanks for your effort

      about 14 days ago
    • Cezar Andrei
      Cezar Andrei In reply to Cezar Andrei

      No problem, mate, if I need to check the shoulder then, I need to have the assurance that my mirrors are in the position at all time, and that assurance is having the side of my car visible. All the best to you mate, and dry roads

      about 9 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Cezar Andrei

      I always look over my shoulder before changing lanes, and would never rely solely on my mirrors. I do recommend adding small blind spot mirrors adjusted so that they show you the areas close to the sides of the vehicle to help with backing. This also helps when you are driving in dense traffic situations where you have motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and sometimes even pedestrians coming up close to your vehicle.

      about 10 days ago
    • Monkey
      Monkey

      I would follow Stan over-the-top out of the trenches into no man's land.

      about 14 days ago
    • Wally Osmond
      Wally Osmond

      I get the purpose of what you're trying to do but I really do not agree. This does not eliminate blind spots but creates new ones. There's no panorama because you don't look at all the mirrors at once. With your mirrors set this way you'll simply not see something like a cyclist passing your and smash right through them and forget using your mirrors for parking etc. You also totally lose vision in your side mirror of what is behind you when you're looking at it and totally lose vision of what's actually behind you when you're looking in your side mirror. Side mirrors are not even designed for seeing passing vehicles. They are for being able to see where your car is in relation to the road and other cars around it. That's why you need to check your blind spots. What you're teaching people is honestly kind of dangerous. Depending on your mirrors for merging is something you should never do. Ever. It's like backing up without looking behind you. I mean man mirrors are designed to make things look like a different distance than they actually are.

      about 15 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Wally Osmond

      There’s no perfect mirror setup using just the three main mirrors, but it’s best to set your mirrors in such a way that they do you the most good for the majority of your driving. I also recommend adding adjustable blind spot mirrors and angling them so they show you the side of your vehicle to help with backing and in dense downtown city traffic. And I believe that drivers should always look over their shoulder before making any lane change...mirrors help, but they don’t always show all the information you need to see.

      about 14 days ago
    • Simon George
      Simon George

      There are NO blind spots when you are driving a car if you LOOK over your shoulders and not just rely on the mirrors. Sadly, there are far too many idiots who fail to do this. If you want to change lanes or make a turning, have a bloody good look round and see whats going on. Not rocket science is it !

      about 16 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Simon George

      I definitely still look over my shoulders before I make a lane change. No substitute for that!

      about 16 days ago
    • Ancient1
      Ancient1

      Did this years ago, as suggested by a 'mad' Aussie motoring journalist.
      Since then we have changed from a Subaru to an Audi (both enjoyable motoring). The Audi's hi-tech has a setting that, when reversing dips the kerbside ext. mirror to assist with viewing gutters etc. With the kerbside mirror one has to remember to adjust back.
      This is probably common now, but just saying. Great video though.

      about 16 days ago
    • Ancient1
      Ancient1 In reply to Ancient1

      @Stan Cravens Not all. Audi has the 'Presense' system (believe top Toyota models have similar) which one can NOT turn off. It predicts an incident ahead & VICIOUSLY brakes the vehicle, not good for the driver behind. On a highway, if in the LH lane, but on a rh bend, will pickup large sign staunchions or bridge pillars (110kmh to 80kmh, INSTANTLY). If on a rh bend in the fast lane, will pickup a slower vehicle in the inside lane & reduce the speed to that vehicle. Explain THAT to the angry stream of drivers behind who are at speed, who then must brake inexplicably. I realise this is the first steps of autonomous driving, but GRRRRRR!!!!

      about 16 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Ancient1

      That is a great feature for reversing, a driver assist system that I hadn't heard of! I want that on my next vehicle. Until then, I recommend using small blind spot mirrors angled so they show the area close to the sides of the vehicle to assist when backing out. I think all the driver assist systems that are in use now are great, and I hope more of them will soon become standard equipment on all new vehicles.

      about 16 days ago
    • Dissje
      Dissje

      My driving school only taught me adjusting the mirrors when doing parral parking.

      about 17 days ago
    • Ian Montgomery
      Ian Montgomery In reply to Dissje

      @Stan Cravens I have used the SAE method since I bought my first car in 1975. I find it amazing when i drive other people cars, their mirrors are set in all sorts of ways but a few I can see straight away that they use the SAE method but I have to tweak them to suit my frame. I still do a twist of the head to left or right before changing lanes as a motorbike can sometimes get through without me noticing it. the other problem is if i am in a three lane road traveling in one of the outside lanes and want to move in to the centre lane. i have to be very careful in case a car in the other outside lane is about to do the same. I don't trust my mirrors in that scenario. I don't often use mirrors when parallel parking. I judge my turns by the relationship of my wheels to the parked car. This works well and coming from a country with RHD cars I had to parallel park a car in China which is LHD and no problem using the same theory.
      Your video was well done and i hope a lot of drivers take notice which ever country they are in.

      about 15 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Dissje

      That can help with parallel parking, and I also recommend adding small blind spot mirrors to help with backing and parking.

      about 17 days ago
    • ERIC PETERSON
      ERIC PETERSON

      I probably only turn my head around only about 1 tenth the time I used to. Like I said if you constantly keep an ey in your rear view mirror a you will never have to turn your head to make sure the lane is clear

      about 18 days ago
    • ERIC PETERSON
      ERIC PETERSON

      Fantastic video! I started using this method about five years ago. I work with about seven other people that occasionally use my work truck while I'm on vacation and they all do the same old inccorect way. Yes it's odd to get used to for about six months but your methoth is amazing once you get used to it. My perriffery vission is always in tune to my surroundings. I still occasionally look back but if you stay vigilant at constantly monitoring backwards you actually don't have to look back

      about 18 days ago
    • ERIC PETERSON
      ERIC PETERSON In reply to ERIC PETERSON

      I have preached this method of how to set the mirrors to countless co-workers the last five years and haven't been able to convert a single person. Such a shame. People get stuck in their ways....just a side note on this same subject. I also never travel along side of anyone's back corner. Why because odds are they don't use this method and have no clue I'm there. Either sit back far away behind or pass them. This holds especially true with semi trucks. Give them room and expect the worst. Drive defensively! This is ever more true the last ten years with everyone staring down at their phones! Stay safe out there:)

      about 16 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to ERIC PETERSON

      Thank you for the comment, Eric, and I’m glad it’s proven itself to you like it has for me. And very good advice about constantly checking on what’s behind you so you’re not surprised by what’s about to overtake you!

      about 17 days ago
    • Ansel297
      Ansel297

      Thank you so much for the video I , like so many others have been doing it all wrong when adjusting my mirrors and will be changing them in the morning.

      about 19 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Ansel297

      Thank you for watching, and for taking the time to comment! It takes some getting used to, but it has proven itself to me over the years.

      about 19 days ago
    • saqib Ali
      saqib Ali

      Thanks

      about 22 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to saqib Ali

      And let me thank you for taking the time to watch it!

      about 20 days ago
    • Rivard
      Rivard

      I've been doing something similar to this for many years. I've never understood the logic of having all three mirrors showing basically the same thing behind you. Back in the early 90's I started adjusting my mirrors easier than this, and have never changed. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks the old way (the way my parents showed me) is incorrect. *LOL*

      about 23 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Rivard

      Haha! Yes, after doing it the other way for years, it was hard for me at first to get used to this setup, but I’ve been using it for several years now, and it has proved itself to me many times over. Thanks for your comment and for watching the video!

      about 22 days ago
    • RC FOREVER
      RC FOREVER

      Nice ...but for me buying small blind spot mirror that u can stick on to your side mirror is more useful than adjusting my side mirror..the reason for that is it really see the car nearby side of your car when wanting to merge . ...when u park ur car on the side street u can still see clearly the side street gutter...its cheap in any local store.....

      about 24 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to RC FOREVER

      I do recommend using the small blind spot mirrors but still using this mirror setup because it benefits you for the majority of your driving situations. Angle the blind spot mirrors in so they help you with backing, and you’ll have a very good view of what’s going on all around your vehicle.

      about 24 days ago
    • Tiffany Smith
      Tiffany Smith

      "Put your head against the left side window" *proceeds to smoosh face against window*

      It made me giggle

      about 26 days ago
    • Robert Velensky
      Robert Velensky

      I read in the Toronto Star several years ago how to adjust my mirrors exactly as explained. IT WORKS !!! Race car drivers do not look over their shoulder when speeding around the track and require a panoramic view of cars behind them. Follow Stan's instructions , he is 100 % correct. Thanks for sharing . Robert V.

      about 28 days ago
    • Stan Cravens
      Stan Cravens In reply to Robert Velensky

      Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to watch the video! I’ve been using this method for several years now, and it has proven itself to me many times over.

      about 28 days ago
    • Ray Lo
      Ray Lo

      The only thing is at night you're geting constant headlights in your mirrors which can be irritating!!

      about 29 days ago