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Here's the safest way to position your wing mirrors

Position your wing mirrors using the off-side rule to reduce blind spots and accidents.

Correct wing mirror positioning can reduce blindspots
Correct wing mirror positioning can reduce blindspots
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ARE YOUR WING mirrors positioned so you can see the sides of your car?

Well, it’s time to forget those flanks as seeing them can increase blind spots and the chances of having an accident. According to research carried out by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the best position for wing mirrors is the Blindspot and Glare Elimination (BGE) setting.

GIF showing how to adjust your wing mirrors Source: MonkeySee via YouTube

Here’s how to adjust wing mirrors to the BGE setting: sit in the driver’s seat and lean your head against the side window. Position the wing mirror so you can just see the side of your car. Then, move your head to the centre of the car, in line with the rear view mirror, and make the same adjustment to the other wing mirror.

Using the BGE setting means that your mirrors cover more area, thus reducing blind spots and the glare from trailing cars’ headlights will also be eliminated.

Still a little confused with wing mirror positioning? Fear not, here’s a video explaining exactly how to adjust your mirrors to reduce blind spots and increase road safety.

Source: Alan Sease/YouTube

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