How to fit the rear view mirrors

A good front, rear and side visibility will allow you to drive safer and react optimally to an unexpected event. A good placement of the rear view mirrors and the load that you can carry in the trunk are basic factors so that you can control your surroundings, but most importantly, with your eyes, check all the mirrors frequently.

To contribute our bit to your safety on board a car, in .com we offer you some tips on how to place the rear view mirrors .

Steps to follow:


The rearview mirrors that most cars have are the left one, in the driver's door; the right, which is located in the outer area of ​​the passenger; and the central interior, which is located in the middle of the passenger compartment, in the highest part.

The automatic controls allow the driver to handle the movement of these mirrors without moving from his seat but it is an operation that must always be done before starting the march.


First of all, it should be noted that in some car models the rear-view mirrors are handled directly by hand, while others operate through a steering-wheel control. Check the manual of your car to know what is your case since you can damage them if you try to manipulate them by hand being automatic.


We begin by explaining how to place the rearview mirror that is on the driver's side. It is very important because if we consult it frequently we will reduce the possibility of not seeing a vehicle that enters our impasse.

Once you are well seated behind the wheel, look at the mirror in question. What you have to see is a minimum part of your body and the rest, the road. Move your mirror until you get it.


Next, you must correctly position the rearview mirror that is on the passenger's side. Although a few years ago it was not so common, nowadays it is rare to see a car that does not have it, although in principle it is not obligatory.

If you must move it by hand, you will need the help of a person to manipulate it while you check from the driver's position that you see a small part of the body of the car and, the rest, the road.


Finally, touch the central interior mirror . The load you carry in the trunk should never exceed the line of the seats, so that it is not an impediment to visibility.

Move it until you can see through this mirror the entire rear window of your car simply by moving your eyes, without having to turn your head.


Technically, the rear view mirrors should offer you the following vision capabilities:

  • Right: 20 meters behind and a width of 4 meters.
  • Left: 10 meters back with a width of 2.5 meters.
  • Interior: 60 meters back and 20 meters wide.


If you have placed all three mirrors and queries permanently during the march, you will circulate much more safely because if you have to make a sharp maneuver you will know at all times if the car that follows you is far away and you can brake with tranquility, if you can pass to the left lane because no car is occupying it, etcetera.