The correct mirror adjustment on your car will be explained by your driving instructor during the cockpit drill on your first driving.
If you haven’t taken the time to properly setup your vehicle’s mirrors just before a driving test, the examiner may notice if the mirrors are not properly adjusted and if your observations are affected, this may impact the results of your test.
The correct adjustment of car mirrors is important in regards to safety to yourself, your passengers and other road users, but also critical for aiding you in passing the test as all-round observation is essential.
This section explains how to correctly adjust your car mirrors along with tips for using your mirrors during a driving test.
INTERIOR REAR VIEW MIRROR ADJUSTMENT
Interior rear view mirror adjustment
The rear view mirror is an exact representation of the distance of objects behind you as the glass is flat.
Sit in your normal driving position and using your left hand, grip the plastic surrounds of the mirror and move it so that you can see the entire rear window and as little of the interior as possible. ‘Frame’ the rear window in the mirror.
Be careful not to touch the glass as this will smear it and will produce glare if driving at night.
RIGHT DRIVER DOOR / WING MIRROR ADJUSTMENT
Right wing mirror adjustment
Sitting in your normal driving position, adjust the right wing mirror so that the horizon (the point at which the road disappears into the distance) is in the centre of the mirror. Ensure there is only a very small portion of the side of your car in the left side of the mirror. This will allow you to see more of the road behind you.
It’s important that you adjust the mirrors in the driving position after you have adjusted the seats correctly or you will need to set the mirrors again.
LEFT DRIVER DOOR / WING MIRROR ADJUSTMENT
Left wing mirror adjustment
Adjust the left wing mirror using the same technique as the right mirror, sitting in the driving position.
Set the left mirror slightly lower than the right mirror. This will allow you to have a better view of the kerb (or curb as also known) whilst doing manoeuvres such as the reverse round a corner. Ensure you do not set the mirror too low and that you can still see clearly the end of the road.