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Are there any brand-specific blind spot mirrors available for the 2014s that conform to the existing mirror contour? (non-tow mirrors)

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I'm a huge advocate of convex mirrors and have them on all our vehicles.

I looked long and hard when looking for my truck's and there was nothing available at the time. I just went with the round 4"

I'm still looking.....

Good question.
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Don't need them if you set your mirrors right. Most people set them to look down the side of the vehicle - it's not going anywhere. Set them out further so you can see the lane next to you. Set right, you'll see the car next to you in the side mirror before it exits your view in the rear view mirror. With proper set mirrors, there is no such thing as a "blind spot".

When setting your drivers mirror, lean over and put your head against the window and set the mirror to where you just barely can't see the side of the truck. Lean over to the right and get your head in the middle of the truck to set the passenger side mirror. Then, when you move back in your normal driving position, your mirrors might look "wrong" to you, but trust me - give it a shot. Get out in some traffic and watch your rear view as a car comes around. You'll be able to see it in your rear view and as it moves out of it, it will already be in your side mirror. You can make small adjustments if you need to but that technique usually nails it.

Set this way, it takes just a quick glance to each mirror to know if the lane is clear to move over. In a panic, it can make a difference - sometimes there is no time to turn your head to check. You won't need to.

Ever see a race car driver turn his head to change lanes?

Admittedly, if your cargo or a trailer is blocking the rear view mirror, the convex mirrors are helpful - just thought I'd pass this along because 9 out of 10 people I show this to had no idea how to set them to remove the "supposed" blind spot.
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No such thing?

Blind-spot, or its severity, is vehicle dependent IMHO, but to say there's no such thing or it's a simple mirror adjustment fix, sorry, I don't buy it. Some vehicles do a lot better than others, yes. No vehicle and/or its mirror/s settings eliminate the blind-spot completely.

If it didn't exist, Blind Spot Monitoring Technology [BSMT] or Blind Spot Information System [BLIS] , a system of protection developed by Volvo, wouldn't, well, exist. Certain models of Ford's, Mercury and Lincoln brand lines currently use it.

Audi, Jaguar, Infiniti and Rolls Royce [I believe] also uses a radar-type system to warn drivers of blind spot intrusions. There's that word again.....

Quote: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 800,000 blind-spot-related accidents every year and about 300 of them result in fatalities.

Finally, just about every vehicle produced/available in Northern America and many parts of the world post 2000 has a blind-spot [convex] mirror on the driver's and/or passenger's side. That sign, screened into your mirror that reads "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear" solidifies this.

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What you're speaking of is the George Platzer method/finding. I tried this many years back on two different vehicles. Yes, visibility was improved over and around the shoulder region, but it did not eliminate the blind-spot completely. We had a discussion about this on another board a couple of years ago that I sit on and I'll give you this: 7/10 people said it worked and that the blind-spot was no more. It never worked for me.

If you set the mirrors the way you claim is "right," yeah, you'll see the car in the lane next to you, but you'll kill the motorcyclist or Smart Car driver creeping by your C & D pillars and/or your bumper...... in your blind-spot.

Hope this helped.
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No such thing?

Blind-spot, or its severity, is vehicle dependent IMHO, but to say there's no such thing or it's a simple mirror adjustment fix, sorry, I don't buy it. Some vehicles do a lot better than others, yes. No vehicle and/or its mirror/s settings eliminate the blind-spot completely.

If it didn't exist, Blind Spot Monitoring Technology [BSMT] or Blind Spot Information System [BLIS] , a system of protection developed by Volvo, wouldn't, well, exist. Certain models of Ford's, Mercury and Lincoln brand lines currently use it.

Audi, Jaguar, Infiniti and Rolls Royce [I believe] also uses a radar-type system to warn drivers of blind spot intrusions. There's that word again.....

Quote: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 800,000 blind-spot-related accidents every year and about 300 of them result in fatalities.

Finally, just about every vehicle produced/available in Northern America and many parts of the world post 2000 has a blind-spot [convex] mirror on the driver's side. That sign, screened into your mirror that reads "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear" solidifies this.

Anyway.....

What you're speaking of is the George Platzer method/finding. I tried this many years back on two different vehicles. Yes, visibility was improved over and around the shoulder region, but it did not eliminate the blind-spot completely. We had a discussion about this on another board a couple of years ago that I sit on and I'll give you this: 7/10 people said it worked and that the blind-spot was no more. It never worked for me.

If you set the mirrors the way you claim is "right," yeah, you'll see the car in the lane next to you, but you'll kill the motorcyclist or Smart Car driver creeping by your C & D pillars and/or your bumper...... in your blind-spot.

Hope this helped.
Nicely said Grub.....The best practice is to always check over your shoulder....That one motorcyclists creeps up and then BAM....I have investigated tooooo many of those.....Seen the results....Sometimes deadly.....I always tell people to double and triple check......

Stay safe......
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Went with the Maxi View Blind Spot Mirrors. http://amzn.com/B008OVHFKA On Southern California freeways, looking over one's shoulder is not always the safest practice.
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Well you are entitled to your opinion. I have done this on probably 50 or more vehicles always with success. Some are easier to tune in than others. When you can see the lane in your rear view and pick that lane up in the side before it exits your read view it matters not how big the rear pillars are.

Blind spot monitoring systems and such are there as helps. Doesn't mean the problem can't be fixed in other ways. Go to any professional driving school and see what they teach you.

Anyway, no worries - take it or leave it - I threw it out there to help. Sometimes you don't have time to double triple check or turn your head.

And setting the mirrors with the head against the window and in the center is a Starting point - it's not always the answer - it's usually close but you have to tweak it until you get it right and confirm it in traffic. Once verified, then you can trust it.

But they are your mirrors. Do what you want.
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