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 Post subject: Rear view mirror
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:29 pm 
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I have no idea how it functions now, but when l was learning to drive it was me and the instructor.

He told me one thing that for some reason has always stayed in my head, and his car was always
setup like it. The rear view mirror was always slightly offset, so you had to move your head to look
at the cars behind you. Reason was so on test the examiner would know you were checking the
rear view.
Don’t do it now though.

Almost failed mine on the hill start, he said, ok pull away, then suddenly he said STOP. He saw a car
coming from the left. I slammed the brakes on and the handbrake.
Then l realised the handbrake was on the car would have stalled. OOPS


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 Post subject: Re: Rear view mirror
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:33 pm 
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Mine told me to look in the rear view mirror when going past traffic lights, this has stayed with me and I try to do that all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Rear view mirror
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 4:10 pm 
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Yep, my old instructor kept on at me about 'knowingly' using the rear view mirror. I was using it, but more eye movement than head movement.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear view mirror
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 6:48 pm 
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My instructor also said I should offset the mirror - but also warned not to offset it too much otherwise the examiner would think you haven't adjusted the mirror well enough and fail you for that instead.

I know a lot of people who have sat tests in the last few years and I've actually asked about this. None of them said they'd been told to do it.


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