>>14234879 not when you use your side mirrors properly. i notice a lot of people set up they're mirrors so they can see they're car in half the fucking mirror.....thats the fucking wrong way to have them set up. my only blind spot is to my immediate right or left not behind my shoulders. should take me a 45 degree glance to ether side to see if im clear or not.
>>14234913 youre right, but it doesnt hurt to check. Plus when you're driving big trucks its best to check. If im flying down the interstate at 90mph passing everybody I MIGHT not check, but for normal driving the check is worth it (I also don't drive at 90mph passing people unless they are assholes first)
>>14234934 a 45 degree turn should normally be sufficient. i don't consider a slight head turn to be looking over the shoulders. the only time you should honestly have to do that is in traffic that is more dense then usual / unfamiliar with the surroundings of your route ( too many distractions )
Protip for adjusting your mirrors: Sitting in your seat Lean your head all the way to respective side of the car you're adjusting, adjust the mirror to where your car is slightly outside the the inner edge of the mirror.
>>14234854 No, the first accident I was in was because my dad was looking over his shoulder and not on the road.
>getting on I-45 in Houston >heavy traffic, but cars still moving around 60 miles an hour >dad is looking over his shoulder >suddenly full stop ahead of him >ends up slamming into the rear of a vehicle and causing a pile-up >all because even after 25 years of driving, he didn't adjust his mirrors properly I ended up in a neck brace and needed multiple neck and back surgeries because of that. Thanks, dad.
Again, it literally takes a second to move your head to glance and move it back. The only information your brain needs is "Is there a vehicle beside me?". You don't need to take more than a one second glance for access to that info.
A car that changes into your lane ahead of you in under a second is swerving hard, and you would hear it if you weren't already looking ahead in that literal one second glance beside you.
>>14235696 >>14235664 Solutions to this problem Have the bigger car have a car that extends its width to be however many lanes wide the highway is Have compressed shit nozzles that hook up to the light blinker controls that spray shit onto the lane in which you're aboot to go so traffic there moves out of the way Swerve quickly left/right just a foot or so into the lane to make people honk giant horn on top of the car that screams out "TURNING!!!!!!!!!!"
Relax people. Glancing off to the side for a split second ranks pretty much bottom of the barrel on the list of things you do in a car that can cause an accident.
To be honest, I get more nervous riding in a car with someone who's eyes are glued to the road in front than someone who knows how to do quick checks to make sure there's not some tiny ass elise hugging his blindspot.
.......some people drive like they're having a fucking PTSD attack
who the fuck checks their back? i just drive nigga. front and sides are all that matter. if someone is accelerating towards me while i switch and they don't notice, i'll at least die knowing they'll be at fault. i'd rather die putting someone to jail than live having to do their dirty work.
A whole Crown Vic fits in the blind spot I have riding my bike (puny mirrors). Almost found out the hard way.
Some vehicles like my bike or jeep have mirrors that can be adjusted so there is no blind spot except behind me, or are adjusted in a way that are quite easy to see from and require a small eye flick to verify safety.
>>14235705 I learned some good stuff from this thread. I've never come to /o/ before and never really decided to learn a lot about cars until recently. Once my head injury is all fixed up and my eyes are able to adjust I will buy a car. I now know to get nice side mirrors
>>14236522 In Straya it's a legal requirement to shoulder check when lane changing. Doesn't mean everyone does it, but people have zero excuse if they cause an accident. No risk of mutual blame for insurance.
>>14235462 You should have only a little bit so you have a reference. That pic is too much, maybe like 1/2 of that. Honestly it depends on the car but it's good to have a reference if your a new driver and easily get disoriented.
>>14234854 Yes. Just out of habit though. If you set up your side mirrors right, you shouldn't have to look over your shoulder.
>place head against driver window >change mirror until you can barely see the side of your car >place head in the center of the interior >change other mirro until you can barely see the side of your car
>>14234913 >i notice a lot of people set up they're mirrors so they can see they're car in half the fucking mirror Have fun scraping your wheel arches on tight spots. Oh wait, you're probably murrican.
>>14235251 what this guy said. i find that regular quick glances in the rear view and left side mirror allows me to have a mental image of where everyone is. when i decide to change lanes, i practically dont have to look because i KNOW where that car i passed in the other lane is behind me. and yea, quick 45degree head turn/eye sweep, barely a second, and im looking at the road again. now, assuming there is someone to my left, who is just ahead of me, and who doesn't have his blinker on, and who does a hard swerve into my line WHILE im looking to the right and also SLAMS HIS BRAKES once he's ahead of me... well ok maybe ill rear end him but jesus christ, this murderous malaborted son of a bitch really is trying to kill me on purpose
Guise, if you have blind spots, your mirrors aren't set up correctly. An overtaking car should move from your rearview mirror to your side mirror without any gaps, and disappear from your side mirror only when you're shoulder to shoulder.
The exception to this is if you're on a three lane highway and merging into the middle lane. Some guy from the far lane might ALSO be merging into the middle because none of you faggots follow the stay right unless passing rule.
>>14239285 That's called being aware of your surroundings and feeling the size of your car. I'm European and I call bullshit on your murica meme, being from Europe is no excuse for needing side mirrors to not scrap your car on shit.
People like you are the reason Americans unironically believe that europeans aren't better drivers, can't even fucking blame them.
Confirmed for villagers who never drive on roads with more than 2 lanes.
>Behind a cloud of smoke >A Miata >Crushed underneath a 70,000 lb. dump truck that merged from the 3rd lane >An anon is visible protruding from the wreckage >His wheezing, dying breath escapes him now >"B-b-b-but I adjusted my mirrors rightttt" >"So I wouldnt -gasp- have to looook..."
>But at least he didn't have to look over his shoulder.
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