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#4535990 - 10/07/17 08:06 AM how many times do you check your mirrors?
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
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Loc: New England
Inspired by 14accents "pet peeves while driving" I thought to ask the question.
I realize conditions make a difference.
How many times on average do you check your rear view mirrors per minute?
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#4536003 - 10/07/17 08:23 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
TmanP Offline


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I'd say every ten seconds. Although I check the left mirror and the rearview mirror the most.
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#4536009 - 10/07/17 08:27 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
Bud Offline


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Don't know how many times, but between rearview and side mirrors, a lot.
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#4536015 - 10/07/17 08:38 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
whip Offline


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I'm constantly scanning for possible dangers. Checking the mirrors is part of the process.
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#4536016 - 10/07/17 08:41 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
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5-6 times
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#4536048 - 10/07/17 09:27 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
AZjeff Offline


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A lot. And still glance over my shoulder when changing lanes.
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#4536059 - 10/07/17 09:35 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
Chris142 Offline


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As much as I can. But I watch the fools in front of me first. Had a girl make an illegal uturn right in front of me yesterday.
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#4536085 - 10/07/17 10:00 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
ZZman Offline


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Really depends on if or how close another vehicle is behind me.
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#4536130 - 10/07/17 11:15 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
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Registered: 05/20/13
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Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
I use the "Constant Scan" method employed by pilots ... basically it's a system whereby you check the surroundings and the road ahead in a deliberate set of visual checks. So mine goes Road Ahead / Rearview Mirror and then alternating scans on the Right Mirror, Left Mirror. (RA > ReM >RiM > RA >ReM > LeM) and repeat.

Once set as a habit, it's nearly impossible to fail to perform.

Road Ahead is probably about 5~6 seconds, RearView Mirror is a 1~2 second glance, and Right Mirror about 2~3 seconds; Repeat with Left Mirror instead.

5 seconds + 1 second + 2 seconds = 8 seconds total /60seconds = 7.5 times per minute for the RearView Mirror
6 seconds + 2 seconds + 3 seconds = 11 seconds total /60seconds = 5.5 times per minute for the RearView Mirror

So 5.5~7.5 times per minute.

I never make a right turn at an intersection without shoulder checking for pedestrians, and always shoulder check when changing lanes.

As per the Motorcycle Safety Course, you are instructed to also always shoulder check right and left when coming to a stop (to check for motorists about to hit you from behind) which should give you the time to quickly move partly into the intersection in an adjoining lane. FYI on the road test for an MC license here, failing to perform that check is an automatic fail.

With regard to driving a larger vehicle, I always check the RearView mirror when approaching a Yellow to decide if I will stop or carry on (without accelerating but at road speed) and also when stopping for a Red or Stop / Yield situation.

You must make the effort to actually see versus "looking but not seeing".
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#4536136 - 10/07/17 11:21 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
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#4536139 - 10/07/17 11:23 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
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Loc: Wet side WA
Many times each time I'm driving to be aware of what's around me. But I hear some people only check them once to twice a year and then get a UMA!


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (10/07/17 11:27 AM)
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#4536151 - 10/07/17 11:45 AM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
BrianF Offline


Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: Sask, Canada
A lot. I scan the ditches more than I watch the road itself. To many people hit moose, deer, yotes or other animals that run out from the ditches.

I scan back and forth and include my mirrors with those scans.
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#4536169 - 10/07/17 12:08 PM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: TmanP]
Chris Meutsch Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
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Originally Posted By: TmanP
I'd say every ten seconds. Although I check the left mirror and the rearview mirror the most.


I'd say this is what I do.
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#4536171 - 10/07/17 12:09 PM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
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Loc: OH
I check them ad nauseum. Always check your six.

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#4536218 - 10/07/17 01:05 PM Re: how many times do you check your mirrors? [Re: 555]
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Registered: 02/06/14
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Loc: Canada
Whenever I detect a change in something from my peripheral vision.

Never had an accident nor caused one yet
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