Not many of us ever need to think about buying a new rear vision mirror: we simply make do with the one our vehicle came with. Just like a parking sensor. However, if you’re looking a little more functionality and added safety features from the factory model, there are a number of excellent mirrors available for individual sale out there. Some simply offer a wider view for reduced blind spots and safer reversing, parking and passing; while others have more complex camera systems for reversing and for recording details as you travel (very useful in the case of an insurance dispute following a traffic accident!).
The sky’s the limit and the only barriers are the specs you want and the amount you’re willing to pay for them. Today, we count down the top six rear vision mirrors on the current market. Read on to find out which tops the list and why:
This wide-angle convex mirror is 11.8 inches wide and provides far more visibility than factory floor models. It also reduces night glare from headlights by up to 45%. In the case of an accident, safety is enhanced by the European standard safety glass which prevents sharp shards from falling when broken.
Note that some people take it hard to get used to the slightly altered image if they haven’t used a convex mirror before – give it yourself a few weeks to adjust before you throw it out – you may just find you love it! The design is sleek, modern and attractive. It usually retails for $15 – $20.
If you’ve got a young family you want to be able to check on, or you just want to increase visibility without spending a fortune, this mirror is a great choice. Again, it’s a curved (convex) mirror so be aware that the reflection is slightly distorted and vehicles and objects can appear further away. It just takes some adjusting to and then it becomes second nature. The mirror is 300mm wide and effectively removes all the major blind spots while driving.
Additionally, the wide angle allows you to see most of the car’s back seat, making it extremely popular with parents of babies and toddlers. Reviewers also report that it’s super easy to assemble and install and that it looks attractive and stylish in the car. It usually retails for under $15
This mirror is a no-fuss way to increase visibility and eliminate blind spots. Because it’s a flat mirror, there’s no distortion in the reflection and you can more accurately judge the distance from other drivers (or from the neighbour’s letterbox when you’re backing out of the driveway!). Installation couldn’t be easier: simply clip it onto the existing mirror and you’re ready to go. It is a 300 x 65mm flat mirror and has an attractive, streamlined design.
The mirror surface also helps to reduce glare. This product usually retails for $15 to $20.