Mirror, mirror in your ride, driving safety is what they provide. Okay, that was a lousy rhyme, but that's way better than having lousy safety when you're on the road. Being the competent driver that you are, you're likely to be aware of how mirrors help you maneuver through traffic with utmost safety. You probably also know that your vehicle's mirror will eventually break or wear out. Now, instead of replacing the entire mirror fixture when this happens, you may want to save a buck or two by simply replacing the mirror glass. The process of getting your mirrors back in fighting form isn't tricky business, but here are some things you might want to consider before buying replacement mirror glass.
There are basically two types of auto mirrors out there: the rear view mirror and the side view mirror. These two components differ in shape and function, so make sure not to mistake one for the other when the time comes for you to buy replacement mirror glass
The Rear View Mirror
This mirror does exactly what its name implies: it helps you see behind you. So whether you're driving forwards or backwards, this mirror, which is located inside your ride and above the dash, is sure to prevent unwanted mishaps. This mirror is usually rectangular in shape its glass can easily be replaced.
The Side View Mirror
Every ride comes with two of these, one on each side of the vehicle. These help you see the vehicles flanking you, letting you know whether or not it's safe to make turns or change lanes. Common victims of parking lot nicks, and they come in various shapes and sizes.
Factors to Consider
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that you can't get a replacement side view mirror glass to fit into a rear view mirror housing. So make sure that you get the correct type of mirror glass, and one that conforms to the shape and size of your mirror housing.
We'd recommend USA-made mirrors or foreign-made mirrors that meet US standards. We'd also suggest that you get mirrors that have 2.2mm 1st surface mirror properties. Such mirrors are translucent and absorb the light from trailing vehicles, helping them to prevent glare.
Look for mirror glass that's easy to install and doesn't require drilling. Also, we don't recommend that you use regular bathroom silicone adhesive to install your mirror glass into its housing. Instead, you should opt for construction silicone that isn't latex based.