in the shop to repair now..i was changing the lane (double lane) to exit ...and there was a lady right at my blind spot , hit my ride side..
OUCH x2. Sorry to learn about the incident. Hope it is sorted soon.
Incidentally, there's a way to adjust the outside rear-view mirrors so it looks at your blind-spot (left and right), use the cockpit rear-view mirror to check the rear, and as a precaution, I usually double check by head-turning manuever before changing lanes.
Blind spots. If you have your mirror adjusted correctly you do not have blind spots. Took me a long time before I found this out and takes so time to adjust to the new mirror setting. Most people use the side mirror to see behind them that is what the inside mirror is for the side mirror is see whats beside you. Check out the following website.
I do agree with you on the experience from riding motorcycles. I read a few years ago where the president of the AMA (American Motorcycle Assoc) was killed while riding in the blind spot of a semi. Some people think they have enough time to maneuver their vehicle in time to find out they're a second too late. I just came back from SoCal and bikes were maneuvering between cars on the expressways like they owned the road. Plum crazy.I think that comes from riding a motorcycle for 41 years.
Berliner...if they ride in YOUR blind spot they do so at their own peril.
Chuck, part of the problem with every car is getting a good view, while having a spatial reference. You can swing the mirror "out" wide, but you have no reference to your own car. I was taught to adjust it to see a bit of fender/side and as much of the road in the adjoining lane as possible. You also have to adjust it again when you're driving (you tend to turn your head more when adjusting it at the standstill).
Since the SLK sits rather low, and many vehicles today are so darn tall (SUVs wannabe 4x4s) it's hard to pick them out in the mirror. Top up (shame!) the blind spot is much bigger. Top down, you can hear the big ones!
As for shoulder checks, I think a lot of us get a little lax (sic?). In the Air Force we called it "have your head on a swivel".
When adjusted as suggested you won't see the door handles when seated at the driver seat. You'll have to move driver's head to the middle of the cockpit and then look at the passenger-side outside rear-view mirror, this is the only time you can see the side of your own vehicle. On the driver-side, you move driver's head until it just touches the driver side main window, this is the only other time you should see the side of your own vehicle.I'm fairly new to the SLK, and it took me a while to realise that the whole top of the cabin is tapered - it's wider at the front than the back.
So when I got the car, I had the mirrors adjusted to look down the sides of the cabin - but they were angled inwards because of the taper and there was a massive overlap with the interior mirror. Now I have them much further out, so I can only just see the door handles.