Drive Safer With Pat McGrath Kia in Hiawatha IA


2013 Kia Forte Koup

2013 Kia Forte Koup

If you’re looking for a new car dealership to call your own, choose McGrath Kia in Hiawatha. With our incredible selection of vehicles, affordable prices, and highly skilled technicians, it’s no wonder Iowans trust us with their vehicle needs. But much more than just selling vehicles, we want to help keep you and your family safe, so let’s talk about how you can set your vehicle’s mirrors properly to eliminate blind spots.

Eliminating Blind Spots By Adjusting Your Mirrors

Many people don’t give their car mirrors much consideration. Most conduct a brief adjustment and drive off without realizing if they have set them properly. But actually, there is a right way to position your mirrors:

Do a quick check.

If you look in your side mirrors and see your car, then you’re not using your mirrors very effectively. It’s common that people have a large overlap with field of view between the side and center mirrors, which is unnecessary. Adjusting your mirrors so that they are working in concert can help eliminate blind spots.

Optimize Your Rear View

The first thing to do is adjust your driver side mirror. In the driver seat, lean your head all the way to the left, against the window. Adjust the mirror so that you can just see the rear quarter panel of the car. Next lean all the way to the right and adjust the passenger side mirror so that you can just see the rear quarter panel of that side. Adjust the center rearview mirror normally so that you can see directly out of the rear window. Notice, now, the little amount of overlap shared between the mirrors.

Safety First!

While this should go without saying, as a safety measure remember to never adjust your mirrors while driving and always look over your shoulder before changing lanes. While this method has been proven to eliminate blind spots, it’s always a good idea to look back and check for bikes or anything else around your car.

Come See Us at McGrath Kia

At McGrath Kia we want you to get the most out of your auto experience; whether you’re interested in purchasing a new car, getting service, or just stopping by, we want to help you stay safe and informed. Try out our eliminating blind spot technique and stop by our dealership to let us know what you think. We hope to see you soon!