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On the EX trim, with Lane Watch, is the driver's side mirror one of those hall of mirrors type mirrors as on the Clarity or is it a regular side mirror?

Here's what I mean.

On the Clarity, the side mirror has an outer portion that distorts the view, supposedly to show you the blind spot. I found it distorting — and even distracting from the regular view! The overall experience was a little vertigo, nausea inducing!

I was in an Insight the other day and the driver's mirror was fine, but it may have been an LX trim!
 

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My EX has a regular mirror. I actually feel like I don’t see the cars well enough without the outer edge being magnified like it was in the FIT. There have been numerous times I look in my mirror and don’t see a car and then have a car pass me on the left.

Was thinking of adding a blind spot mirror to the drivers side.
 

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Say, thanks for that feedback! Glad to see it's a regular mirror!

Jojo, have you tried the old trick of adjusting the mirror so that you don't see the back edge of your car? And, do see the other lane?

That way, the car coming up will be in your rear mirror until it transitions into the side mirror. The two overlap.

This is the key:

“Here's how to do it.

Lean your head against the left window and adjust the left mirror so you just barely see the left side of your car.

Then, lean to the right, to about the middle of your dash, and adjust the right mirror just until you can just barely see the right side.”


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/do-you-have-your-cars-mirrors-set-up-correctly/article15250793/

And,

Side-view Mirror

Start with the left side mirror. Sit in the driver's seat.

Lean your head such that it touches the window. The usual side mirror position is such that you can see the left side of your car.

Adjust the mirror such that you can barely see the left side of your car, in fact, it should hardly be visible. If you keep your head straight and look at the mirror, you should not be able to see your car's left side.

Now center yourself in the middle of the car and lean towards the right side mirror.

Adjust the mirror, such that you cannot see the car's right side. It should barely appear in the mirror.

If you straighten yourself, you cannot see your car's sides in either side mirror and your rear-view mirror is straight ahead.”

https://wheelzine.com/how-to-adjust-car-mirrors-to-eliminate-blind-spots

Here are some other online guides, too, of how to do it. See, e.g.,

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots

https://lifehacker.com/5471903/adjust-your-car-mirrors-to-fully-cover-your-blind-spots

Hope that helps!
 

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Say, thanks for that feedback! Glad to see it's a regular mirror!

Jojo, have you tried the old trick of adjusting the mirror so that you don't see the back edge of your car? And, do see the other lane?

That way, the car coming up will be in your rear mirror until it transitions into the side mirror. The two overlap.

This is the key:

“Here's how to do it.

Lean your head against the left window and adjust the left mirror so you just barely see the left side of your car.

Then, lean to the right, to about the middle of your dash, and adjust the right mirror just until you can just barely see the right side.”


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/do-you-have-your-cars-mirrors-set-up-correctly/article15250793/

And,

Side-view Mirror

Start with the left side mirror. Sit in the driver's seat.

Lean your head such that it touches the window. The usual side mirror position is such that you can see the left side of your car.

Adjust the mirror such that you can barely see the left side of your car, in fact, it should hardly be visible. If you keep your head straight and look at the mirror, you should not be able to see your car's left side.

Now center yourself in the middle of the car and lean towards the right side mirror.

Adjust the mirror, such that you cannot see the car's right side. It should barely appear in the mirror.

If you straighten yourself, you cannot see your car's sides in either side mirror and your rear-view mirror is straight ahead.”

https://wheelzine.com/how-to-adjust-car-mirrors-to-eliminate-blind-spots

Here are some other online guides, too, of how to do it. See, e.g.,

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots

https://lifehacker.com/5471903/adjust-your-car-mirrors-to-fully-cover-your-blind-spots

Hope that helps!

Interesting. I do position the mirror so that I can barely see the car on both sides but I don’t lean against the window. Usually it’s been cars that I saw in my mirror and then I think about changing lanes and don’t see the car that was there but it’s there next to behind me
 

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Say, thanks for that feedback! Glad to see it's a regular mirror!

Jojo, have you tried the old trick of adjusting the mirror so that you don't see the back edge of your car? And, do see the other lane?

That way, the car coming up will be in your rear mirror until it transitions into the side mirror. The two overlap.

This is the key:

“Here's how to do it.

Lean your head against the left window and adjust the left mirror so you just barely see the left side of your car.

Then, lean to the right, to about the middle of your dash, and adjust the right mirror just until you can just barely see the right side.”


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/do-you-have-your-cars-mirrors-set-up-correctly/article15250793/

And,

Side-view Mirror

Start with the left side mirror. Sit in the driver's seat.

Lean your head such that it touches the window. The usual side mirror position is such that you can see the left side of your car.

Adjust the mirror such that you can barely see the left side of your car, in fact, it should hardly be visible. If you keep your head straight and look at the mirror, you should not be able to see your car's left side.

Now center yourself in the middle of the car and lean towards the right side mirror.

Adjust the mirror, such that you cannot see the car's right side. It should barely appear in the mirror.

If you straighten yourself, you cannot see your car's sides in either side mirror and your rear-view mirror is straight ahead.”

https://wheelzine.com/how-to-adjust-car-mirrors-to-eliminate-blind-spots

Here are some other online guides, too, of how to do it. See, e.g.,

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots

https://lifehacker.com/5471903/adjust-your-car-mirrors-to-fully-cover-your-blind-spots

Hope that helps!
Thanks! I’m going to give it a try.
 

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I've used it for years with our ancient Honda Accord and the cars coming up in the left lane literally move from being seen in the rear mirror to be being seen in the side one.

Of course, we also tend to shift lanes very cautiously, always with the turn signal first, and making sure the following car on the left is well behind us.

I hate turning my head quickly to look over my shoulder and this obviates doing that most of the time!

Perhaps Honda should make sure that all its side mirrors come set up this way, with a default push button setting, and call it “Blind Spot Mirror Watch”!
 

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My EX has a regular mirror. I actually feel like I don’t see the cars well enough without the outer edge being magnified like it was in the FIT. There have been numerous times I look in my mirror and don’t see a car and then have a car pass me on the left.

Was thinking of adding a blind spot mirror to the drivers side.
Like this? https://www.amazon.com/Ampper-Blind-Mirror-Frameless-Convex/dp/B01CV4ANCC/ref=sr_1_23?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1535983790&sr=1-23&keywords=blind+spot+mirror
Does anyone have any experience using them? Are they worth trying?
 

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I have always used them, swear by them and recommend them to others. I tried the trick/mirror adjustments above last night and was a little weirded out by it. I'm going to give it a little more time and if I can't get comfortable with it, I'll go back to using those little mirrors.

BTW, my first post. I'm loving the car and the forum community.
 

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Definitely give it a week or two. When you are out and about, test it by watching those cars coming up in the outer lane and moving from your rear mirror to the side one. Pretty spiffy, actually!

Just change lanes slowly in the meantime until you get used to it!
 

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Say, thanks for that feedback! Glad to see it's a regular mirror!

Jojo, have you tried the old trick of adjusting the mirror so that you don't see the back edge of your car? And, do see the other lane?

That way, the car coming up will be in your rear mirror until it transitions into the side mirror. The two overlap.

This is the key:

“Here's how to do it.

Lean your head against the left window and adjust the left mirror so you just barely see the left side of your car.

Then, lean to the right, to about the middle of your dash, and adjust the right mirror just until you can just barely see the right side.”


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/do-you-have-your-cars-mirrors-set-up-correctly/article15250793/

And,

Side-view Mirror

Start with the left side mirror. Sit in the driver's seat.

Lean your head such that it touches the window. The usual side mirror position is such that you can see the left side of your car.

Adjust the mirror such that you can barely see the left side of your car, in fact, it should hardly be visible. If you keep your head straight and look at the mirror, you should not be able to see your car's left side.

Now center yourself in the middle of the car and lean towards the right side mirror.

Adjust the mirror, such that you cannot see the car's right side. It should barely appear in the mirror.

If you straighten yourself, you cannot see your car's sides in either side mirror and your rear-view mirror is straight ahead.”

https://wheelzine.com/how-to-adjust-car-mirrors-to-eliminate-blind-spots

Here are some other online guides, too, of how to do it. See, e.g.,

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots

https://lifehacker.com/5471903/adjust-your-car-mirrors-to-fully-cover-your-blind-spots

Hope that helps!
This works! I never knew this method of adjusting the mirrors, but tried it a couple months ago and it really helps. The cheapest BSM available! Now if I could just convert my wife to this method...
 

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This works! I never knew this method of adjusting the mirrors, but tried it a couple months ago and it really helps. The cheapest BSM available! Now if I could just convert my wife to this method...
The new view is super helpful but does take a little getting used to. There's much more action on the rear/side than I was used to seeing, and I can't use the side mirrors to see behind me, which is something I had previously done quite a bit.

A similar (?) technique for getting the side mirrors in place is to sit 'as normal' and move them outward until there's little to no overlap with the image seen in the rear view mirror. Both methods definitely maximize use of the mirrors viewing range.
 

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Say, thanks for that feedback! Glad to see it's a regular mirror!

Jojo, have you tried the old trick of adjusting the mirror so that you don't see the back edge of your car? And, do see the other lane?

That way, the car coming up will be in your rear mirror until it transitions into the side mirror. The two overlap.

This is the key:

“Here's how to do it.

Lean your head against the left window and adjust the left mirror so you just barely see the left side of your car.

Then, lean to the right, to about the middle of your dash, and adjust the right mirror just until you can just barely see the right side.”


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/do-you-have-your-cars-mirrors-set-up-correctly/article15250793/

And,

Side-view Mirror

Start with the left side mirror. Sit in the driver's seat.

Lean your head such that it touches the window. The usual side mirror position is such that you can see the left side of your car.

Adjust the mirror such that you can barely see the left side of your car, in fact, it should hardly be visible. If you keep your head straight and look at the mirror, you should not be able to see your car's left side.

Now center yourself in the middle of the car and lean towards the right side mirror.

Adjust the mirror, such that you cannot see the car's right side. It should barely appear in the mirror.

If you straighten yourself, you cannot see your car's sides in either side mirror and your rear-view mirror is straight ahead.”

https://wheelzine.com/how-to-adjust-car-mirrors-to-eliminate-blind-spots

Here are some other online guides, too, of how to do it. See, e.g.,

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots

https://lifehacker.com/5471903/adjust-your-car-mirrors-to-fully-cover-your-blind-spots

Hope that helps!
I have always knew about having the side mirrors adjusted to the point where you can't see the rear of your car. I just didn't know about the technique where you lean your head until it touches your window. So I had the right idea but still need to do shoulder checks before lane changing.

This works! I never knew this method of adjusting the mirrors, but tried it a couple months ago and it really helps. The cheapest BSM available! Now if I could just convert my wife to this method...
I feel a lot more confident with lane changes now after adjusting my side mirrors correctly. Thanks for bumping the thread!
 

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I've also found that the seat height matters on the Insight vis-a-vis the side mirrors!

I was sitting too high up and not getting as good a passenger side view. OTOH, the Lane Watch camera is marvelous! I'm going to update that other thread where I asked about it!
 

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Important Safety Tip re Rear View Mirrors

And not to found in our 650 page Insight Owners Manual (or probably any other Owners Manuals)

Here is the best explanation I have ever seen on this matter (it's either explained incorrectly or poorly in many places on the Internet)



This may be ancient history to most of you, but hopefully very helpful to some
 
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