Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How can a good mirror increase driving safety on highways and when going through bends?
Answer: Car mirrors let the driver calculate the distance of the car in relation to others behind and beside it. In a Chevrolet Suburban 1500, for instance, the driver-side mirror accurately shows the size of the adjacent automobile and allows the driver to keep a certain in-between distance to prevent bumping. In order for the driver to see a wide angle of the rear of the car, a convex passenger-side mirror is used. This one has an engraved wording indicating that the object reflected on the mirror is closer than it really is; this one is useful when taking on bends because the driver can create enough leeway to the side area as necessary. Additionally, quality mirrors have an anti-glare property that lets the driver clearly see the surroundings despite the overwhelming amount of light reflected on the mirrors.
What important safety matters should be considered when installing a new mirror on a Chevrolet Suburban 1500?
Answer: There are some safety matters relative to mirrors that must be ensured before making a Chevrolet Suburban 1500 road-legal. According to the US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111, the driver-side mirror must provide an undistorted image with a one-is-to-one ratio; this means that the plane-type mirror is appropriate for this purpose. Since the area on the passenger side is farther from the driver, a mirror that can provide a wider view of objects is necessary. A convex-type mirror is appropriate for this application because it stunts objects, thus making the rear and side angles wider and more visible to the driver. If this type is used, the standard is that it should have a curvature radius from 889mm to 1651mm. It is important that all non-planar mirrors (convex and concave) in cars have these words engraved on them: "objects in mirror are closer than they appear."
What is the difference between a prismatic and a dimming rear-view mirror?
Answer: A prismatic mirror is the adjustable type that can be tilted at various angles or pushed back and forth to reduce headlight reflection to the driver's eyes. A dimming mirror, however, is the sensing type that detects the amount of ambient light and makes automatic adjustments in reflectivity and visibility. The first one is mostly used in models with a taller body like pickups and minivans, while the other one is commonly seen in sedans and luxury cars.