Monthly Archive:: August 2010

Vehicle Safety Quick Tip–Mirror Position


Did you know that there are optimal positions for your outside mirrors?  Most of us learn to drive thinking that as long as we glance in our side mirrors and can see the vehicles in the lanes next to us, we’re doing great.  But those mirrors serve a purpose to help us see in our blind spots.  Some vehicles have much larger blind spots than others and the mirrors can help us virtually eliminate the blind spots and avoid side swipes, or nasty horn honking at the very least.

So, what is optimal positioning for your side mirrors?  Position them so that you can only see a smidge of your vehicle in them.  Yep, you don’t need to see a chunk of your vehicle in the mirror—think about it.  Why would you?  If you don’t already have your mirrors in this optimal position and it’s hard for you to change suddenly, make the change gradually.  That’s what I had to do several years ago and it took me about a week of changing the mirrors a notch each day to get used to the new position.  Habits are hard to break, but if it keeps you from wiping someone out, hey, it’s worth it!

BebePaluzza Britax Advocate 70 CS Video


I’m here today at the BebePaluzza show in Schaumbug/Chicago, Illinois.  Britax and Harmony appear to be the only child safety seat manufacturers represented at the show, but it did offer me a chance to see the new Advocate 70 CS.  On the original Advocate CS, the unique side impact cushions made access to the seatbelt lockoffs and the harness adjuster somewhat difficult.  In the new one, there is no problem as the adjuster and lockoffs have moved to the front of the seat and are permanentley attached with no bungee cords.  Very nice!

I’ll also be uploading some photos  and other comments on this thread at Car-Seat.Org, so stay tuned!

Here’s a video of the Advocate, I hope the audio is OK, I got in just before the crowds but it got pretty loud pretty quickly!