Oy vey. I get letters . . . including the one which follows, which I reproduce here, as delivered, followed by some dissection:
Sandy “writes”: i taught EXPERT drivers ed for decades—-not gov or insurance stuff. What do u know bout blind spots i taught my 1200 kids a year that BLIND SPOTS were a scam and that a good mirror could eliminate the blind spot or at least do better than what we have now. without electronics HELP—LIBERTARIAN hombre
My dissection: Well, “hombre,” I figure I do know something about blind spots after having driven thousands of new cars over the past 25-plus years of test driving and reviewing them.
Blind spots aren’t always a function of mirrors. In many cases, they are the result of physical obstructions such as B and C pillars; also the cut/slant of side and rear glass. Also over-tall head restraints.
You’d know this, too – if you’d driven just about every make/model of vehicle made during the past quarter-century, as I have.
Certainly, proper mirror adjustment is important. I never said otherwise. I also never said anything good about electronics “help” (I assume you refer to back-up cameras and blind spot detection systems).
And they ask me why I drink…