I presume you mean "wing mirrors" in the precise sense of the phrase. So did
US/Canadian cars have door mirrors (viewed through the door window) as
opposed to wing mirrors (viewed through the windshield) much earlier than we
did in the UK and Europe? Or are you saying that US/Can cars don't have any
form of mirror that shows the side of the car (for overtaking and for
parking close to a kerb) and only have the central mirror that looks through
the rear window?
No, they have door mirrors same as us.
Well no, now I think of it they are worse in this sense: the driver's
side door mirror is not convex but flat (and thus provides a shitty
field of view) while the passenger's side one has to have "things may
look further way than they really are" etched on the glass.
"If you're not able to ask questions and deal with the answers without feeling
that someone has called your intelligence or competence into question, don't
Cameras. Gotta have a camera. My new car has four of them so you can
see all around. Split screen shows either the front or back depending
on the gear, but it also give what looks like an overhead view using all
the cameras. Parking anywhere is a breeze like that.
Parking involves using whatever aids your car provides. You may have to open
the door and look backwards if you have no central rear-view mirror
(van/HGV). You may use your door mirrors and/or your rear-view mirror if
they give a good enough perception of depth to know when to stop reversing
into the wall/car behind you. You may use your cameras and parking sensors
if you have them.
A wise driver uses all the technology (mirrors, cameras, parking sensors)
available to him, maybe using different things in different situations.
I used to turn and look over my shoulder when reversing because it gives a
good all-round view without having to look alternately at right, central and
left mirrors. Now I tend to use my mirrors because I can judge *lateral*
position (car relative to hedge, kerb, white bay-marking line) better than
by looking over my shoulder: use central mirror to line up equally between
cars/lines and then use one door mirror to check that I maintain the spacing
between my rear wheel and one of the lines.
It's a shame that none of the cars that I have driven have had cameras in
the door mirrors and a split-screen view from both, which is easier to
monitor than looking alternately into left and right mirrors, with the delay
while the eyes/brain context-shifts between one and the other.
Hey NY it's spelled curbs in the USA.
Newer cars have a setting on them the allows the outside mirrors to tilt
downward to see the curb. In fact my cars have automatic parking ability. It
does not account for the idiot Corvette driver that pulls 8 inches from your
bumper with the turn signal & back up lights on. The sensors screamed and
brakes applied automatically...
Apologies. I'd used both alternative spellings in some of my other posts,
but I forgot in this one!
Yes, that feature is very useful on cars which have it. On my old Peugeot I
need to do it manually with the 4-way joystick, but my wife's 2015 Honda
CR-V has it - but only for the passenger side. It only works if the
left-off-right slider switch is in the left (passenger for RHD) position.
Strange that if you put the slider in the RHS position (which allows the
driver's mirror rather than the passenger mirror to be adjusted by the 4-way
joystick), the auto-tilt-when-reverse-is-engaged doesn't work.
I know you are usually encouraged to park with your passenger side next to
the kerb/curb (and in the UK it's actually illegal to park on the opposite
side *at night* because cars don't have reflectors at the front for them to
be seen by passing traffic) but even so it would be useful if engaging
reverse tilted both mirrors down so you could see *either* rear wheel
relative to its adjacent kerb/curb so you can park as close as possible
without mounting the kerb/curb.
Some superhuman people claim to be able to estimate where their car is in
relation to the kerb/curb, even though it is longer visible, and scorn the
need to tilt the mirrors downwards, but I'm a mere mortal and I rely on this
unless there's a convenient lamp-post nearby which continues the line of the
kerb/curb upwards to a point where you can see it through the rear-side
window and hence judge how close you are to the kerb/curb.
Superhuman? More like able to pass their driving test. If you can't work out where the corner of your car is you shouldn't be driving.
Japanese scientists have created a camera with a shutter speed so fast, they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.
I didn't know that. Good idea. Modern cars have such high window sills that
you often cannot see the front or rear wings of the car unless you lift out
of the seat till you head touches the ceiling - and maybe not even then. So
you need mirrors.
When I am parking close to a kerb (eg when parallel parking) I cannot see
the kerb on either side as I get closer, so the door mirrors, pointing
downwards are the only way to see where my rear tyre is in relation to kerb,
since I need to get as close as possible to avoid sticking out into the road
any further than you can. I find I can judge the distance from the car
behind fairly well via the rear-view and maybe door mirror, but judging
sideways distance from something that is no longer visible is virtually
When I first changed my old Pug 306 (which had high enough wings to be able
to judge where the front corners were) for a Pug 308 (which has droopy wings
to make it more streamlined and pedestrian friendly), I was concerned about
parallel parking it because of not being able to see my front corner
relative to the back corner of the car I was parking behind - so much so
that when I was test-driving it, I made a point of finding somewhere to
practice parallel parking. It was scary at first but I now seem to have
developed a sixth sense for estimating where this extremity of my car is -
but I find I can't do the same with judging when my tyre is a couple of
inches away from the kerb so I always need the mirror for that.
ROFL, I once reversed straight into a Ford Ka because they're pathetically small. It was actually below my rear window. When he said "You reversed into me!" I said "I didn't see you down there, buy a real car".
Surely you know the width of the pavement/sidewalk and can see the other side of it. Oh my god how useless are drivers nowadays?
Please retake your test, you're a danger to other road users.
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