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Mirrors (Roadworthy)

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Broken or damaged mirrors make a vehicle unroadworthy and therefore illegal to drive.

Constant awareness of what is happening behind you is vital to road safety as it will determine what safe actions you can take on the road. Therefore, make sure your mirrors are not defective and are properly positioned for you.

Furthermore, make sure your mirrors are clear of dirt and fogging or misting so as not to restrict any visibility.

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Questions:

Maintenance Roadworthy Mirrors

💡 Tips to prevent mirrors from fogging

  • Clean mirrors are less prone to fogging or misting. See windows.

  • If your car has it, use the built in heating. It normally is switched on in conjunction with the rear window defrosting element.

  • Use an alcohol wipe. Make sure you don't get any liquid onto the rest of the body and if you do, wipe off immediately.

  • Alternatively, cut a potato in half, wipe over the surface of the mirror and then clean off with tissue paper. Yes, it does work!

  • Do NOT use any water repellent products designed for the windshield. This will cause the water to bead up and the drops will limit your view in the mirror.

  • See Motorhills for more info.

Questions about vehicle mirror maintenance

Here are some frequently asked questions about vehicle mirror maintenance:

  • How often should I inspect my vehicle mirrors? It is recommended to inspect your vehicle mirrors every time you wash your car or at least once a week. Look for cracks, chips, or other signs of damage that may obstruct your view.

  • Can I use wax or polish on my vehicle mirrors? No, it is not recommended to use wax or polish on your vehicle mirrors, as they can leave behind a residue that can obstruct your view. Use a cleaning solution specifically designed for glass surfaces.

  • How do I protect my vehicle mirrors from scratches? To protect your vehicle mirrors from scratches, avoid parking too close to other cars or objects and be careful when cleaning them. If you have to wipe away dirt or debris, use a microfiber cloth and avoid using abrasive materials.

  • Should I cover my vehicle mirrors in extreme weather conditions? If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, such as heavy snow or hail, it may be a good idea to cover your vehicle mirrors to prevent damage. Use a cover specifically designed for vehicle mirrors and make sure it is secured tightly.

  • How do I adjust my power mirrors if they stop working? If your power mirrors stop working, first check the fuse and replace it if necessary. If the fuse is not the issue, it may be a problem with the mirror motor or switch. It is recommended to have a professional diagnose and repair the issue.

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