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    Large Blind Spot

    I set my seat low and back to allow my legs to stretch out to the pedals.

    As a result, when I do a shoulder check for vehicles in the side view mirror blind spot, the large pillar at the back of the driver's side window, often blocks the ability to check for cars in the blind spot.


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    I'd suggest readjusting the position of the outside door mirror. If you're so tall that your head is essentially beside the B-pillar when you sit in the driver's seat, you shouldn't have a very large blind spot; you'd basically have to glance to your left to see if another vehicle is directly beside you. You wouldn't even need to look back over your shoulder if you have the mirrors set properly.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...d-blind-spots/

    https://www.wheels.ca/guides/how-to-...ed-blind-spot/
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    Quote Originally Posted by CroMath View Post
    I'd suggest readjusting the position of the outside door mirror. If you're so tall that your head is essentially beside the B-pillar when you sit in the driver's seat, you shouldn't have a very large blind spot; you'd basically have to glance to your left to see if another vehicle is directly beside you. You wouldn't even need to look back over your shoulder if you have the mirrors set properly.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...d-blind-spots/

    https://www.wheels.ca/guides/how-to-...ed-blind-spot/
    I second this. I've been adjusting my mirrors like this for 10+ years. As long as I'm looking around the vehicle through my mirrors periodically, I rarely have to shoulder check. I'm 6'3"

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    Mind BLOWN. I'm setting my mirrors like this first thing tomorrow morning.

    I'll keep physically checking my blind spots, but this should work soo much better. I'm one of the few people I know that checks over my shoulders when changing lanes. I think it freaks my coworkers out on lunch outings, lol!

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    Sorry but this exactly the problem.

    The side view mirror cannot be set to eliminate the blindspot that is large enough to hide a car and the B pillar blocks the usual shoulder check.

    You can overcome this by leaning forward.

    HOWEVER...

    In an emergency where split seconds will make a difference, this is not practical.

    So what now???

    Quote Originally Posted by CroMath View Post
    I'd suggest readjusting the position of the outside door mirror. If you're so tall that your head is essentially beside the B-pillar when you sit in the driver's seat, you shouldn't have a very large blind spot; you'd basically have to glance to your left to see if another vehicle is directly beside you. You wouldn't even need to look back over your shoulder if you have the mirrors set properly.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...d-blind-spots/

    https://www.wheels.ca/guides/how-to-...ed-blind-spot/

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    Would you consider attaching a small convex mirror to you side mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CroMath View Post
    I'd suggest readjusting the position of the outside door mirror. If you're so tall that your head is essentially beside the B-pillar when you sit in the driver's seat, you shouldn't have a very large blind spot; you'd basically have to glance to your left to see if another vehicle is directly beside you. You wouldn't even need to look back over your shoulder if you have the mirrors set properly.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...d-blind-spots/

    https://www.wheels.ca/guides/how-to-...ed-blind-spot/
    I've done similar for years.....but still do a shoulder check because I've had people do weird stuff while driving, coming out of spots that no mirror would pick up.

    Good info for those that don't know!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry and Cathy View Post
    Sorry but this exactly the problem.

    The side view mirror cannot be set to eliminate the blindspot that is large enough to hide a car and the B pillar blocks the usual shoulder check.

    You can overcome this by leaning forward.

    HOWEVER...

    In an emergency where split seconds will make a difference, this is not practical.

    So what now???
    It appears that the way most of us were taught to adjust the side mirrors is incorrect. A few years ago I ran across this in another forum site https://www.kiasoulforums.com/28-aft...detection.html (the third post in the link) and adjusted my mirrors on my car accordingly. The video and text is similar to the links that CroMath posted. It is hard to imagine that adjusting the mirrors will help reduce your blind spots, but it works. In essence you are treating your side mirrors and your interior mirror as one continuous panoramic mirror--there should be no overlapping images in any of the mirrors--when you go from left to middle to right mirror when your car is parked and your mirrors aligned properly the scenery behind you should be seamless. By doing this you are actually increasing the viewing angle and you will see more vehicles in your former blindspot--there are some videos on youtube that actually lay out lines showing the difference. There is absolutely NO advantage or value in seeing any part of your van in your side mirrors because any vehicle that you could contact/cut off would actually be at least a couple feet to the side of your vehicle.

    Please take a look at the video as well as links and adjust your mirrors accordingly--before you take your Odyssey out for a spin you may want to see how they work while the van is parallel parked on a street and observe how the passing cars move through your mirrors and peripheral vision. Then take your Odyssey for a spin in traffic--you will be amazed at the difference.

    This mirror adjustment does take a bit getting used to, I have yet to convince the other drivers in my family the advantage of this, but AAA, Car and Driver Magazine, and numerous others endorse this.




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