You try to pass yourself off as better than anyone else here, because you can supposedly check over your shoulder so fast...
No, that is not a correct statement. I am well aware that am not better than anyone else, and not trying to brag (I did use a stopwatch just to get the idea of the timing) - the numbers were put there just as an example to point out the timing/distance exaggeration in one of the posts above.
Anyway, I did not mean to start a flame here, no did I want to insult anyone. If I did, I apologize.
If you are truly aware of your surroundings, then you're only using your mirrors as a double check to make sure everything is where you already know they are.
Not quite, since the process is dynamic and to obtain that information in the first place active scanning is required in most cases (I know you know). Plus, I know that at least my
memory is not always that reliable.
I prefer to be able to look into the mirror as I start my lane change, which eliminates people from two lanes over changing into the spot I've picked out. It's happened before, and I'm able to catch them from wherever they are when they do, so as not to hit them.
Two lanes? With flat mirror? No way. Even if you manage to get it out that far, you will have huge blind spot in the very next lane, thus betraying the whole idea of full coverage with less neck strain.
Also, as I tried to point out before, another problems is the lack of reference point. Because of very narrow viewport (I'm talking about driver side mirror), you'd only see a small part of the scene (e.g., part of the car(s)), making it difficult to get the relative motion speeds correctly. And relative positions as well. The latter one I think can be learned, but the former will remain a problem for most. If you can do it - great, I envy you. I cannot. Not reliably. And neither can anyone I have driven with (disclaimer: there are no racing drivers or driving instructors in that list).
With my mirrors set the way they are, I can see one lane to the left, one lane to the right, and directly behind me with the interior rearview mirror. Continuous coverage without any spot for even a motorcycle to hide in...
That means that you must be able to see (or just about to see) the side of your own car in your side view mirror(s), or you would have a blind spot near the rear fender - big enough for a motorcycle, at least. In other words, "the proper way" as I see it, or close enough to it (i.e., the "classical" blind spot will remain where it was, almost unchanged). If so, then what are we arguing about?
Or did I misunderstood the point points people here were trying to make, mistakenly assuming that the advertised mirror setup involved significant outward angle, pointing it into the former blind spot? I guess not, since I read about the Russell's method, and it is indeed what I was arguing against... The biggest problem is that this method, while decreasing the old blind spot, creates a new, much more dangerous one
, since you cannot effectively and quickly "check over your shoulder" for that one. Yes, this allows for easier detection of "most common" threats, but at the cost of somewhat less likely but potentially lethal encounter. Imagine a fast bike or small car overtaking you on the left (driver's side), getting into that blind spot either from a turn or changing from second-left lane, ending up right near your rear-left corner as you check your mirrors before changing lanes to the left... You may have a chance to detect it, but it is only a chance no matter what you do (well, you could pay much more attention to active scanning, but that'd require even more head turning
, much more concentration and reaction time loss that the "classical" way). Not good enough, IMNSHO.
And, yet again - few people can probably adapt to this and use it just as effectively. But quite a few (I'd even say majority) might glance over the potential drawbacks... Especially after all the rave reviews this method got even in just this forum. I hope I made my point clear enough, and that those who want to try this out first think it through, and remember that they'd still have a blind spot - just in a different place. There is nothing more I can do here... expect to recommend getting the convex blind spot mirrors instead - they do a much better job without any problems.
20+ years of driving, one non-fault accident... Well over half a million miles of driving... and your record?
8 years of driving, probably still below 100K miles. One non-fault accident (8 years ago). A couple of speeding tickets.