Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Why You Should Adjust Your Mirrors Before Your Drive

Why You Should Adjust Your Mirrors Before Your Drive

mirror adjustment

Your car has three mirrors that provide visibility and enhance safety on the road (as well as compliance with the law). These are your rear view mirror, and a car side mirror on both the driver and passenger sides of the car. It’s important to adjust these mirrors before you get on the road.

Reasons to adjust your mirrors

Most of us assume that once our mirrors are adjusted, they’ll stay that way forever. That’s not always the case. A number of different factors can affect one or more car mirrors, throwing off their adjustment and therefore your view.

  • Vibration: Your car vibrates during operation. In most cases, this vibration won’t cause any problems with your mirrors, but if the adjustment mechanisms are worn, it’s possible that they’ll move out of proper alignment. This is particularly true with the rearview mirror.

  • Jostling/Bumping: It takes almost nothing to move your mirror out of alignment. Most of us have bent down to retrieve something from the floorboard, only to bang our heads on the rearview when sitting back up. That moves the mirror out of alignment by a great deal. The same is true for side view mirrors – it only takes one accidental tap of passerby’s hand to knock the mirror out of adjustment.

  • Different Drivers: Many of us share our vehicles with other drivers. Maybe your spouse borrowed the car. Maybe your teen driver took it out for a spin. Regardless, if another driver has been behind the wheel, you’ll need to readjust the mirrors to suit your height.

What if your mirrors won’t adjust?

If your mirrors won’t adjust, or won’t hold their adjustment, you’ll need car mirror repair. For a rearview mirror, the entire mirror and housing will need to be replaced. For side view mirrors, the situation can be more complicated. It might be the adjuster itself, or the hardware on the back of the mirror that needs to be replaced. Either way, replacement or repair are the only ways you’ll be able to adjust your mirrors before you drive.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


More related articles

The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...

Related questions

Q: How do I use the fold-away mirrors?

The fold-away mirrors can be folded in towards the vehicle to decrease the width of your car. This feature should be used to help you fit into tight spaces, or as a safety feature when driving through an automatic car...

Q: How Are Car Mirrors Used Correctly?

Automotive mirrors are one of the most crucial aids used in safe driving. When properly adjusted, they allow the driver to quickly see objects and other vehicles that are around you without turning your head or losing focus on your...

Q: Q: The car has electrical issues

There can be problems with specific components or this can be caused by some general failure. The best thing to do is to have a mechanic come and test the system to see if the electrical problem is caused by...