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So this feels like a good time to talk about your car’s wing mirrors and rear view mirrors as we continue our regular and helpful newsletter series.
What Are Wing Mirrors?
Wing mirrors are small fittings on the exterior of your car. They can be used to help you see areas of the road which are otherwise difficult to spot or manage. They let you see an account for blind spots. This means that you can safely account for all areas of the road while you drive, and before you pull out. You will normally find wing mirrors on the pillars of your front doors, and they can be either manually or electrically controlled.
Wing mirror glass is important, too. This can be tinted, plain or convex. In any case, it’s important to make sure you keep it clean and free from debris. Your mirror glass should also fit snugly to avoid any accidents or problems while driving. You can adjust your wing mirrors by hand or by interior electric controls. Some will benefit from heating to avoid condensation, and others will dim automatically to reduce glare.
Wing Mirror Problems
Over time, electric wing mirrors can be subject to motor problems. What’s more, all wing mirrors are at risk of being knocked or broken off. That is why it is important to fold your mirrors in when your car is parked.
Wing mirrors are also subject to smashing and breaking, which makes them some of the most sensitive parts of a car. They are also subject to wear and tear, and in all cases, you should approach a repair shop if you suffer damage.
What Are Rear View Mirrors?
As their name suggests, rear view mirrors let you see out of the rear view. It is essential for you to see all areas of the road while driving. Therefore, a rear view mirror fixes to the inside of your main cabin, on the ceiling of your vehicle, and should be easy to adjust.
You will use your rear view mirror, of which you only have one, to signal and move out. You must check your rear view mirror regularly to ensure you account for any vehicles or pedestrians behind you. During driving lessons, motorists will need to carefully check and use their rear view mirrors as one of the first manoeuvres before driving away.
Rear view mirrors, much like wing mirrors, can benefit from anti-glare and dimming features. They, too, are subject to wear and tear, though as they are on the inside of your vehicle, they are less likely to receive the same level of damage.
In any case, scratching, chipping or damaging your rear view mirror in any way is cause for you to see a repair shop professional immediately. Your rear view mirror is a component you will need for each and every journey you take!