“ A BETTER USE OF MIRRORS”

DEFENSIVE DRIVING

DEFENSIVE DRIVING

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

Seguridad Ind.

AVOID ACCIDENTS WHEN CHANGING LANES … KEEP SIDE MIRRORS AT 90º TO REDUCE

BLIND AREAS

Good visibility = Zero accidentes

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

OVER 600,000 ACCIDENTS OCCUR IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN PEOPLE ARE CHANGING LANES. More than 200 people are killed every year due to these accidents. 60% of the drivers who caused the accident say they didn’t see the other vehicle.

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

YOUR REAR-VIEW MIRROR (Front Windshield) IS NOT ENOUGH
What can be seen with only the rear-view mirror It only shows the traffic behind you

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You can’t see the vehicles at your right and left unless they are very close

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

NORMAL POSITION OF SIDE MIRRORS
(YOU SEE THE SIDE OF YOUR VEHICLE)

Use of rearview and side mirrors

Blind areas are smaller

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other vehicles remain visible for a longer time

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

NEW POSITION OF SIDE MIRRORS
(YOU OBSERVE THE ROAD, NOT THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR) Keep side mirror(s) at 90 degrees – see the road not the side of your vehicle
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This way you will only have 4 small blind areas
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You will see other vehicles much faster and for longer periods

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Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

5 GOOD REASONS TO KEEP SIDE MIRRORS AT 90º
• You will not need to look over your shoulders (although this is not a bad idea) • You will only need to give the mirror(s) a quick look to spot the blind area(s). (The former method takes too long to look and return to the normal position, making you lose sight of what is in front of you) • Looking at the mirror(s) only keeps you focused on what is in front of you • You will have a better view, including blind areas • At night, other vehicle’s headlights will not reflect on the mirrors

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

GOOD VISIBILITY MEANS ZERO ACCIDENTS
It will take you some time to get used to the new mirrors position. Be persistent, this will help you to improve your safety and comfort.

Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

GOOD VISIBILITY MEANS ZERO ACCIDENTES
Try repositioning your side mirrors today.

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Ing. Miguel Angel Espinosa

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