Are car makers consciously being more clever about wing mirrors? Friday
night I biffed the passenger side one on the edge of a wheelie bin,
making a big noise, and when we got home I looked at the result and
thought that it was all smashed to bits.
However, next day, in daylight and when I wasn't so tired, I looked
again and realised that nothing was actually broken, except that the
main cover and the winker lens cover were missing (and so stuff was
just flopping down, making it look bad in the half-light).
I walked back to the impact point (other side of village), and found
the two covers, reassembled it and bob's yer uncle. I was surprised
that the plastic bits, and the mirror, were unbroken.
Presumably the energy of impact is designed to make it fall apart,
rather than smash the plastic. The mirror seems to be attached with
some non-setting glue, so it is well attached but can come off fairly
"Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny's the only guaranteed byproduct of
those who insist on a perfect world, freedom will have to do." -- Bigby Wolf
While back a youth came past my old van very fast on a tractor and his
trailer wrecked my wing mirror. I chased him and after a bit of a barney
his dad gave me £60 off a big roll and said, "Now fuck off." I did so,
and got a new mirror from a commercial vehicle spares place for £20. The
arm was OK. The mirror was a bit bigger than the original but it looked OK.
On Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:22:55 +0100, "Jim GM4DHJ ..."
1) He's old and not 'with it' (he wants England back like it was in
the Victorian times etc).
2) He didn't stop at the scene of the accident.
3) He hasn't said if there was any damage to the bin (that he would be
4) Might be time for him to have someone walk in front of his car,
waving a red flag (see 1 above). ;-)
5) He might mark such posts at OT in the future.
6) Maybe he thought this was Twatter, seeing how much time he must
spend on it from the stuff from it he cross posts here. ;-(
Cheers, T i m
A bloke rang my bell one evening to tell me that a lorry had smashed
my wing mirror (Seat Ibiza), and gave me the debris. In the morning I
found that it was just the plastic shell, not holding anything, and I
was able to click it back as it was undamaged.
The only time I've had a wing mirror smashed was on a 1993 Golf as a result
of a road-rage attack: a guy stopped in the middle of the road on a
roundabout under the M4 near Slough, and leapt out of his car brandishing
what looked like an iron bar. I steered round him, but he lunged at the car
and I caught him (or the bar) a glancing blow. I drove off (*), aiming to
put as much distance between him and me as possible. However he caught up
with me at the next set of lights in Windsor and smashed my wing mirror with
I remember thinking that when the lights changed, I was going to set off and
lose him because he'd have to get back into the car, but I was aware that he
was tugging at the door handle and I didn't want to take his hand with me
(lots of paperwork!) so I pointed at the lights to divert his attention and
then as soon as he turned and let go, I went.
They never got the guy. He was a smartly-dressed man in a business suit, not
the stereotypical over-testosteroned young lad. White-faced with rage -
which is a much worse sign than being red and blustering but usually less
furious. Goodness knows what I'd done to offend him, or whether it was
mistaken identity. I was glad of central locking to prevent him getting in,
even though he tugged and yanked at the door handle and called me "an F-ing
Nowadays the initial leaping from the car with an iron bar would have been
caught on a dashcam and I might have been able to remove the camera from its
windscreen mount and point it at him as he was lashing out at my car.
The plastic housing of the mirror shattered into bits and the mirror itself
broke into several pieces that remained loosely attached together by heating
wires on the reverse side. A replacement was a fairly small bill,
(*) When I reported the incident to the police, as a road-rage attack on me
and possible injury to another motorist, the police said that in the
circumstances, where I feared for my safety, I was right not to stop to see
if he was all right, and I'd now reported the incident so I wasn't guilty of
"failing to stop", under the "as soon as practicable afterwards" clause.
I was somewhat luckier. A guy stopped in a really bad position to let
his wife out. Just as I was squeezing past, she stepped into the road
while looking the other way. I hit the brakes and the horn, she turned
and swore at me and then carried on crossing. I moved on to the lights
ahead, while he jumped out of his car, came running after me and
attempted to open the door. As the lights went green, I turned right,
pulled up to the police van that was sat at the red light and asked them
if they'd seen it :)
Not only had they seen it, but they were somewhat hot on it, as it was
only two days after the road-rage murder on the M25 by Kenneth Noye was
all over the news.
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