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You know how to adjust your mirrors, OR DO YOU?


As a Better Vision Trainer, I am often asked, “How can I better see when I am in my car?”  There are several easy answers to this question: 1) Learn to adjust the three mirrors in your vehicle to expand your field of vision to reduce “blind spots;” and 2) Learn how to work with me, your Better Vision Guru, to expand your peripheral vision to see better all the time.

This article guides you to adjust three car mirrors (interior, driver’s side and passenger side mirrors).  To adjust your mirrors properly for safer Better Vision:

  1. Adjust your rear-view (or interior) mirror to include as much of your back window as possible.
  1. Rest your head against the driver’s side door glass, then adjust your left mirror OUT until you just barely can (or barely cannot) see the side of your car.
  1. Next, move your head to the center of your car (in line with the support mount of your interior mirror) and adjust your right mirror out until you can barely (or barely cannot) see the side of your car.

The goal for Better Vision while driving is to set your mirrors so that once a car behind you leaves your REAR view mirror, it appears in your SIDE view mirror – and once it leaves your SIDE view mirror, it appears in your side window or peripheral vision.  This mirror alignment REDUCES blind spots and allows you to see all around your car and thereby be a safer driver.  About one-third of the mirror should look center back of your car and the other two-thirds show you what is beside you at all times.

This proven method is supported by the Society of Automotive Engineers to enhance safety.  Some drivers may take a bit of time to adjust to not using the outside mirrors to see directly behind the car and miss being able to see their own car in the side mirrors.

A “look over your shoulder” check is also recommended to stay aware of the surrounds of your car.  Keeping your neck, body and vision flexible is a wonderful way to expand your peripheral vision, while increasing your awareness of the space around you – movement is key for good circulation, relaxation breathing and awareness – all basic tenets of yoga.  Frequent movement from side mirror to rear view mirror to the other side mirror moves your neck, shoulder and eye muscles which increases not only your awareness, but also your peripheral vision.  You can also lean forward gently as you look in the mirror. This will change the angle of sight and provide a better view besides you as a good addition to a shoulder check.   Some cars do not let you adjust the mirrors out far enough to completely accomplish this.  I recommend experimenting in a parking lot until you get the ideal angle.  Keep in mind that you can adjust the degrees of your mirror each week until you achieve the proper balance of three mirrors.

About Natural Vision Improvement

Natural Vision Improvement techniques are the most fun way to learn more about yourself, how you see, and how a shift in your vision can create big shifts in your life.  Open up the possibility to seeing more clearly!  Weekly attendance will teach you valuable skills around a different approach to a key consideration of vision – reading, distance, convergence, fusion, tracking, sun/light sensitivity, among others.  We will use movement and exercises, relaxation, science and physiology to create the pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision with a view to having less reliance on external correction.  All vision issues and all ages welcome!

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