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Is There a Way to Reduce Glare From Car Mirrors?

Headlight glare

We’ve all experienced it before. You’re driving along minding your own business when someone gets behind you. You know they’re not driving with their high beams on, but it seems like they’re glaring right in your eyes from your car mirrors. This can happen with both the car side mirror, as well as the car interior mirror (rearview). Is there any way to get rid of that glare? There are a few solutions to this problem.

Adjust your side mirrors

The first thing you can try is to adjust your side mirrors. Your side view mirrors should be adjusted so that you can’t see the sides of your own vehicle. This ensures that they’re angled enough to show you vehicles to the side, and it also cuts down on the number of times glare from other cars’ headlights will blind you.

Adjust your rearview mirror

For glare coming from your rearview mirror, the solution is as simple as flipping it from day driving mode to night mode. On manual models, there’s a switch at the bottom that changes the angle of the reflective backing inside the housing. Powered models have a button that does the same thing. By adjusting this backing, the angle of the reflection is changed, meaning that everything becomes dimmer. You’ll still be able to see behind, you, but won’t have to worry about the glare.

Aftermarket options

In addition to adjusting your car mirrors, you can also check out a range of different aftermarket products. There are films designed to be applied to your side view mirrors which can reduce glare (they can be tricky to apply, though, so be careful when going this route).

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