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  1. 1. The correct use of Mirrors <ul><li>You may have recently seen www.web based safety advice purported to be from the Ford Motor Company on defensive driving called “A BETTER USE OF MIRRORS” </li></ul><ul><li>It recommends adjusting your mirrors to 90 degrees for better observation. </li></ul><ul><li>Which Allegedly “reduces” your blind spots. </li></ul>
  2. 2. DEFENSIVE DRIVING <ul><li>“ A BETTER USE OF MIRRORS” </li></ul>DEFENSIVE DRIVING
  3. 3. <ul><li>This information originated in the USA several years ago. The advice was originally intended ONLY for heavy vehicles when changing lanes on interstate travel in the USA. </li></ul><ul><li>The advice stated that Heavy Vehicle drivers had to remember to readjust their mirrors after leaving the interstate. </li></ul><ul><li>This advice is not for “Normal” road use. </li></ul><ul><li>The alleged reduction in your blind spots is NOT SUPPORTED by National Safety Council and other leading road safety organisations. </li></ul>
  4. 4. NEW POSITION OF SIDE MIRRORS (YOU OBSERVE THE ROAD, NOT THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR) You will see other vehicles much faster and for longer periods Keep side mirror(s) at 90 degrees – see the road not the side of your vehicle This way you will only have 4 small blind areas New View Area New View Area NOT SUPPORTED BLIND AREA BLIND AREA BLIND AREA BLIND AREA
  5. 5. <ul><li>Why this is not supported </li></ul><ul><li>Your blind spots are </li></ul><ul><li>actually increased </li></ul><ul><li>as indicated </li></ul><ul><li>This is not for City </li></ul><ul><li>driving </li></ul><ul><li>This is </li></ul><ul><li>DANGEROUS </li></ul><ul><li>As you will see from </li></ul><ul><li>the following slides </li></ul>New View Area NEW POSITION OF SIDE MIRRORS (YOU OBSERVE THE ROAD, NOT THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR) BLIND AREA BLIND AREA BLIND AREA BLIND AREA
  6. 6. <ul><li>Light Vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>With correctly adjusted mirrors you will see the side of your vehicle and approaching vehicles </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Heavy Vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>With correctly adjusted mirrors you will see the side of your vehicle and approaching vehicles </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>By adjusting your mirrors to 90 degrees you can see vehicles approaching. </li></ul>
  9. 9. At 90 Degrees you will not see this Taxi in your Blind spot
  10. 10. At 90 degrees you would not have seen this vehicle
  11. 11. <ul><li>How good is your view in the interior mirror ? </li></ul><ul><li>Always adjust all your mirrors correctly for maximum observation </li></ul>

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