Big baby bump.
You want to get into the left lane but how on EARTH can you check your blindspot swiftly enough over your third trimester belly when you weren’t even sure if you’d be able to get into the car today?
The secret is in your side view mirrors.
Those babies are there to help you, but it sounds like a lot of people aren’t pointing them in the right spot.
You were taught to adjust your side view mirror so that you could just barely see the side of your vehicle, right?
You know where you’re driving, why do you need to keep track of where your car is? That’s the one vehicle you have control over, so why waste your resources monitoring a view that doesn’t change?
Next time you’re in a parking lot, pull into a spot that puts an empty space on either side of you, and a car in either of the “blind spots” behind you. Like this:
Next, adjust your mirrors so that you can see the “blindspot car” and not your car. It still boggles my mind why anyone would look at their car in their own mirror. I know, I know, you’re driving a sexy Lamborghini. Whatevs. Do you wanna change lanes or not, preggo?
Now the exact adjustment may change depending on the type of parking lot you’re in. If you’re in a nice, spacious Costco parking lot, obviously you’ll have a lot more real estate to work with than if you were in one of those spaces where you can only budget 4 inches to shimmy through your door because it WILL hit the car beside you. (Worst evaaaaar.)
According to Wikipedia, most vehicle lanes are between 9 and 15 feet. They are usually wider on high volume roads, and narrower on low volume roads. In North America, the standard perpendicular parking spot is between 7.5 to 9.0 feet wide, so obviously there will be some discrepancies here, but this exercise will get you close to where you want to be.
With these new settings, when you look in your side view mirror, you should have completely eliminated your blind spot. Combined with your windshield, front windows and rear view mirror, you should be able to see everything around your car without twisting. How convenient is that?
Now if you absolutely need to see your car in the side view mirror for whatever reason, or if you aren’t comfortable jacking the mirror way out to the side like I’ve just explained, there’s a cheap little hack that may just save your sanity. And it’s these bad boys.
These are convex mirrors that stick onto the corner of your side view mirror. Because they’re convex, they act as a wide angled lens and give you that extra bit of visibility needed to make sure your blind spots are clear. I’ve had them on all of our cars for as long as I can remember, so driving with my 40 week baby bump wasn’t a huge problem for me (other than getting into the car, of course).
In this picture, you can see that the convex mirror even lets you see the shoulder markings of the opposite lane – that’s how wide of a view you can achieve with a simple adjustment. Obviously though, this is the view coming from a passenger’s camera, and not the driver… right? ….I hope!
Best of all, these mirrors are only $3.22 on Amazon.com! If your cart is currently in limbo and you’re looking for something to hit that free shipping quota, this is your guy.
If you think about it, there are some vehicles who don’t even offer drivers the option of glancing over their shoulders, like big trucks or panel vans. It’s all mirror-work, and they have to be just as safe and informed as everyone else. The very same resources exist for your vehicle as well, you just have to know how to use them.
I need to make a legal note here: that I am not liable in any way for any consequences that may arise from taking any of this advice. I don’t know anything about your driving skills, experience, judgment, ability to follow instructions, or even if you have your driver’s license. You may take this advice as-is and is not a substitute for properly ensuring that your vehicle’s surroundings are clear.
I hope this article has opened up new possibilities and potentially some driving relief! Be safe out there, especially if your area has been hit by snow.
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