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Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

Sorry if this has been discussed before or obvious but I thought I'd share.

Even though I just upgraded my Jeep (by trading it in) to have BSM.
I thought I'd share how I adjusted my Side Mirrors without BSM to the point I don't even care that much about getting BSM but I do care about ACC and Collision Avoidance.

Any way.

I had an old habit on most cares to adjust the side mirrors far out enough that I can just barely catch seeing the body of the car (door handles) on both sides. There is something unnerving about not seeing the body of the car for reference.

This is NOT out enough. I had several close calls and never saw cars in my blind spot. More so than any other car I've driven.

So I aimed them WAY out. I think they are about 10 degrees beyond seeing the Body of the car. I'm not sure how to describe how much but it was uncomfortably a LOT.

This felt uncomfortable at first. But after while it felt perfectly "Normal".
Even with BSM I may continue to set them this way.

I've never had a close call since (been like 8 months).

So you might consider pushing them out more than you are used to.

I found no situation where they were at a disadvantage being out so far.

Try it, if you have not already.
Share it, if you already have.

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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

I'll second that. I started using this method about a year ago. No more close calls. How to Set Rear‐View Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Spots: 6 Steps
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

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I'll second that. I started using this method about a year ago. No more close calls. How to Set Rear‐View Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Spots: 6 Steps
Cool link.
I'll compare that to where I've been at.
Looks in close agreement.
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

I used to set my mirrors way out as well. Unfortunately the mirrors in my 2015 WK2 won't go out that far. They stop just about when you can see the door handles without leaning. Don't know if this is because it has BSM or not but I was surprised they didn't have as much range of motion as every other car I have driven.


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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

I posted about this method Post #37 Here. Mr Bill_DE decided he knew better than I regarding mirror adjustment and essentially said I was full of it and didn't know what I was talking about.

I agree with you. Mirrors properly adjusted as you describe will eliminate the blind spot. Tough to get used to for a few miles, but after that, I'll never adjust my mirrors any other way, no matter what bill_de says.

EDIT: It was actually post #32 where I initially posted. And in fairness, Bill_DE wasn't the only one that disagreed with me.
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

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I'll second that. I started using this method about a year ago. No more close calls. How to Set Rear‐View Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Spots: 6 Steps
Never tried that before so I moved them out. I'll see how that works the next time I drive it.

Thanks for the link.

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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

I've been adjusting mirrors this way since about 15 years ago when I was rocking a 1994 Ford Taurus.
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

I have been adjusting my mirrors like this for years and have been encouraging everyone I know to do the same.

Once you do this and get use to it (a few days) you will never go back to your old method.
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

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I'll second that. I started using this method about a year ago. No more close calls. How to Set Rear‐View Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Spots: 6 Steps
Thanks for the link!!
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

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I have been adjusting my mirrors like this for years and have been encouraging everyone I know to do the same.

Once you do this and get use to it (a few days) you will never go back to your old method.
Agreed. For a starting point on a new setting, I've found that leaning your head against the driver's window and adjusting the driver's mirror, then putting your head in the center of the vehicle over the console and adjusting the passenger mirror gets you pretty close to where you need to be. Only minor adjustments are required after that. I first started using this method on my brand new 1974 Toyota Celica GT and have done it ever since.
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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

Ditto. Me too


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Re: Adjusting Side Mirrors without Blind Spot Monitor

Works well when renting cars also. Started adjusting my mirrors like this about two years ago. Took several weeks to get used to it, but would not go back to old method now.
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