Mirrors Have a Reputation For Being Unreliable

Mirrors have a reputation for being unreliable. “Smoke and mirrors” is shorthand for the various arts of misdirection employed by stage magicians to deceive their audiences, and funhouse mirrors are well-known for their ability to bend and warp light to twist reflections into ridiculous forms. Cameras, on the other hand, are generally trusted – the...
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Vehicles, like people, have a limited sphere of awareness.

The extent of our knowledge and awareness is an eternal question among the philosophers. For millennia, great thinkers have debated about the limitations of our senses and cognitive abilities, what we can know and perceive, and what is forever beyond our grasp. While this is an open philosophical problem, considered by most to be as-yet...
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Be Safe On The Road

It’s amazing how many holidays have been ruined by poor preparation. Failing to prepare for a variety of contingencies can mean that your vacation falls flat before it even gets started. There are all sorts of things that you should consider, from the weather to the culture, but – especially in the case of long...
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Look behind you!

Look behind you! If you just did, how did you do it? By turning your head? It’s hard to see directly behind you like that – maybe you can catch a glimpse in your peripheral vision, but you won’t get a clear picture. Or did you turn your whole body? If you’re in a vehicle,...
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Don’t forget about head checks!

When you’re learning to drive, it seems like you’re being given all sorts of contradictory advice. “Concentrate on your driving!” “Make sure that you’re open to new stimuli!” “Keep looking at the road!” “Keep monitoring your speed!” “Use your mirrors!” “Do head checks!” The last one is often the most difficult, as it can be...
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How Good Are You At Parallel Parking?

Parallel parking is a difficult skill to master. I know several people who are on their Ps, but will still avoid parallel parking wherever possible, because they still find it stressful and tricky. Even for experienced drivers, it can take multiple tries, and that may well mean holding up traffic and just feeling everyone else’s...
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Hindsight is Twenty-Twenty

“Hindsight is twenty-twenty”, or so says the old cliché. But this expression is just talking about metaphorical hindsight – looking back on this past. Literal hindsight – seeing what’s behind you isn’t clear at all. Humans (contrary to what my mother used to tell me) do not have eyes in the back of their heads....
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Rear Vision Cameras for RV’s

When driving a larger vehicle like a truck or RV, or towing a caravan, adequate rear vision is absolutely crucial. This is a double threat – firstly, you take up more space on the road and there’s simply more of your vehicle that can be involved in an accident; secondly, the nature of such vehicles...
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You Can’t Trust Mirrors

Mirrors do not provide an accurately scaled image. Depending on your distance from the mirror (which will be different depending on the driver and exact setup), the scale of the objects depicted in the mirror based on their actual size and distance will vary. Even if your distance from the mirror is consistent, the relationship...
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The Challenge of Bigger Vehicles

It is a simple matter of physics that the bigger the vehicle you are driving, the larger your blind spots will be. This makes driving a much more dangerous experience – another vehicle can literally blindside you without warning, leading to costly damages, serious injury, and even death. Some motor home owners try to fix...
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