Correct use of Mirrors
There has always been a misconception as to why mirror use is so important.
“My dad said; make sure that you move your head so the examiner can see that your checking them”
“I check my mirrors because my instructor told me to”
“If I don’t check my mirrors I will fail my test”
You must understand why so lets look at the real reason for correct mirror use
Use of mirrors before signaling
Before you apply a signal, it is vital that you know what is happening around you.
What if a motorbike is overtaking and you suddenly apply a signal, He could panic if he thinks that you haven’t seen him resulting in him suddenly changing his positioning. By noticing the motorbike in your mirrors you would have the option to delay your signal and let him pass. Even better would be to notice the motorbike gaining on you with early mirror use and you could then apply the signal at an earlier stage to warn of your intentions.
Use of Mirrors before Changing Direction
Use of mirrors before changing direction is vital to check what is happening beside you. Think of a situation where you are slowing to turn left and a bicycle comes of the pavement or when moving out to pass a parked vehicle and a vehicle is overtaking.
You are driving in slow moving traffic and are going to turn left would it be a good idea to check your left mirror before turning as a bicycle could easily come down your Kerb side.
MORE ON MIRROR USE TOMORROW