Every year, there are more than 826,000 lane change or merge accidents recorded in the United States. More than 200 people die each year in these accidents, and 60% of the drivers involved say that they failed to see the other vehicle.
These accidents could have been prevented if vehicles are outfitted with the right set of side mirrors and rear view mirror, which eliminate or at least make the blind zones smaller. So if you have a dangling or a broken rear view mirror out there, have it replaced before you take your ride out for a drive especially on multi-lane highways.
Here are the different types of rear view mirrors available in the market these days:
This is an exact replacement for your stock rear view mirror, so you can install and align this easily for maximum road view. Like stock mirrors, OE replacements are designed in such a way that they aren't obscured by seated occupants or by the vehicle's head restraints.
Electrochromic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror
Installed on higher-end vehicles, this mirror is made up of two lenses sandwiching an electrochromic (electronic color changing) gel, which darkens when charged with electricity. This mirror contains a forward sensor for outside ambient light and a rearward sensor for glare. When it's dark, the mirror darkens at a rate related to ambient darkness and rearward glare. If you've always been troubled by glare, this will be a good safety addition in your vehicle. It will make driving at night safer.
Bluetooth-enabled rear view mirror
Powered by Bluetooth Wireless Technology, this type of rear view mirror displays numbers or caller ID information on its surface. For hands-free use of your phone, this mirror also contains buttons, which allow you to receive or disconnect a call, and a speaker back, which is capable of isolating noise while you're attending a call. This is perfect for geeky drivers.
GPS rear view mirror
Ideal for people who usually go on business trips or long-distance road travels, this kind of mirror provides you with maps and other information you need to get to your destination with ease. Modern units even come with turn-by-turn directions through an audible voice, so you no longer need to glance at the monitor from time to time.
No matter which type of mirror you get, it's important that you make sure it conforms to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.