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dec 07

Rental Cars: The Safety Mistake Travelers Often Make

Too often, travelers jump into rental vehicles and start driving without adjusting their side-view mirrors properly.

Sure, many drivers do adjust their side-view mirrors. But some do it the wrong way, risking blind spots that can lead to accidents.

The most important thing to keep in mind, says The Society of Automotive Engineers, is this:

You shouldn't see any part of your own vehicle reflected in the side-view mirrors.

If your side-view mirrors show the sides of your own vehicle, then the mirrors aren't pointing outward enough. So, you may not see cars coming from behind.

This advice on mirrors also applies to personal vehicles, obviously. But it's when people are renting a car that they most often have to re-adjust side-view and rear-view mirror settings.

Car and Driver has taken the Society's advice, which is based on crash data and driver surveys, to create a simple chart on how to adjust your rear-view and side-view mirrors. The following chart is courtesy of its article How To: Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots, via Lifehacker.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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