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Old March 29th, 2017, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Rear blind spot tips and tricks?

Hi all. I have a question and I'm hoping to perhaps get some guidance.

I recently bought an 08 Eclipse. I have spent the past year and a bit with a 2003 Volkswagen Golf (my first car!). I was able to easily reverse park and see what was behind me in that car due to the extra 2 windows in the back and the rear window being roughly the width of the vehicle itself.

Coming into this Eclipse, I am having some big issues with rear visibility. The rear window is not even close to the actual width of the car, and the rear pillars that connect to roof of the Vehicle create a blind spot for me (more so than my old car).

So far I've nearly backed into our home address sign, and I have tapped a snow bank or two

Any suggestions for better understanding and learning this blind spot? What I've done so far is if I felt like I am about to hit something, I always stop and get out of the car to see what's actually going on. Usually I'm further away than it seems which throws me off.
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Like with any car, you'll eventually get a feel for your dimensions. I, too, backed into a parked car, but that was only because I was in a bad mood and careless The only advice I can really offer is use your mirrors. For some reason, it feels harder to physically turn around than to just use the mirrors.

At some point in the early 2000s (citation needed), the US made it a law that cars had to have pillars that could support the weight of the vehicle if it flipped upside down. This is why every modern car has these MASSIVE pillars. Mitsubishi took it and ran with it, which is why we have such massive pillars to support our tank of a car. Safety!
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In a convertible you only see nothing. I had to get stick on mirrors and now i can back up and change lanes no problem. I would kill for the hatch view
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I drive about 40 miles a day and I only truly get used to a vehicle after 12 to 18 months or so, that is all the little quirks, dimensions, how the car will handle in any given situation. That being said, it's only a matter of time until you get used to it and it won't be an issue after that.

If you want to throw money at it though, you can hook up a backup camera.

If you are religious, say a little prayer before backing up, or better yet changing lanes.
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If you are religious, say a little prayer before backing up, or better yet changing lanes.
Hahahaha! That only goes so far as I've unfortunately learnt in my little over a year of driving.
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Like with any car, you'll eventually get a feel for your dimensions. I, too, backed into a parked car, but that was only because I was in a bad mood and careless The only advice I can really offer is use your mirrors. For some reason, it feels harder to physically turn around than to just use the mirrors.

At some point in the early 2000s (citation needed), the US made it a law that cars had to have pillars that could support the weight of the vehicle if it flipped upside down. This is why every modern car has these MASSIVE pillars. Mitsubishi took it and ran with it, which is why we have such massive pillars to support our tank of a car. Safety!
I actually have my driver side mirror angled to see if someone is beside me in the "pillar" blind spot. The Passenger side mirror is angled down and towards the car to assist me with following the parking spot line.
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For some reason, it feels harder to physically turn around than to just use the mirrors.
Because we have bucket seats



It may help you to have a nice wide angle backup camera, but otherwise, you just need lots of practice. I'll back up a pickup truck into a space with 3" of clearance no problem, but backing the Eclipse into a garage is still hell for me
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I have one of those stick on mirrors on the driver's side mirror, Other than that i just shoulder check when im switching. It all becomes second nature once you've had a 4g for a while. It only took me the 3 yrs of owning the car to feel confident in backing into a parking spot lol
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I've had my 4G for a year now. This week was the first time I hit something while backing up. I hit a fence post at work while backing into a parking spot. Unless the top is down, I use my mirrors almost exclusively. The blindspot on the coupe is nothing compared to the spyder.

Follow these guides for side mirror adjustment:
https://scripts.mit.edu/~birge/blog/...eview-mirrors/
How To: Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots - Feature - Car and Driver
http://www.cartalk.com/sites/default...alkMirrors.pdf

Go to a mall parking lot and use the other cars as guides. If you set it up right, the cars on your left or right will be 1 car length behind you when they are visible in the cabin mirror and the appropriate side mirror. It makes changing lanes much easier.

As for just backing into a spot, practice, practice, practice. Snow banks are more forgiving than other cars (or fence posts.) Find some traffic cones or trash cans and go to a big parking lot.
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I've had my 4G for a year now. This week was the first time I hit something while backing up. I hit a fence post at work while backing into a parking spot. Unless the top is down, I use my mirrors almost exclusively. The blindspot on the coupe is nothing compared to the spyder.

Follow these guides for side mirror adjustment:
https://scripts.mit.edu/~birge/blog/...eview-mirrors/
How To: Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots - Feature - Car and Driver
http://www.cartalk.com/sites/default...alkMirrors.pdf

Go to a mall parking lot and use the other cars as guides. If you set it up right, the cars on your left or right will be 1 car length behind you when they are visible in the cabin mirror and the appropriate side mirror. It makes changing lanes much easier.

As for just backing into a spot, practice, practice, practice. Snow banks are more forgiving than other cars (or fence posts.) Find some traffic cones or trash cans and go to a big parking lot.
This is very resourceful, thanks! Sorry to hear about your bumper and the fence post kissing... Hopefully it was only a peck! The previous owner of my Eclipse backed into something. I can tell as there is a scuff on the rear bumper near the bottom and the bumper is a bit crunched. They tried to cover it up with this white out looking stuff.
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This is very resourceful, thanks! Sorry to hear about your bumper and the fence post kissing... Hopefully it was only a peck! The previous owner of my Eclipse backed into something. I can tell as there is a scuff on the rear bumper near the bottom and the bumper is a bit crunched. They tried to cover it up with this white out looking stuff.
Fortunately the ground was so water logged the fence post moved and only scuffed the bumper. Behind that post though was a cement filled steel bollard protecting a well pump. That would've hurt and been messy.
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There is a way to adjust so you have NO blind spots but you cannot see directly behind you.

I dont even have the use of my center rear view mirror because of my emergency vehicles lights so I pushed my side mirrors way out, If i want to see behind me I just lean over a little and can see everything behind me.
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