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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Objects in Mirror Are
Closer Than They Appear
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“The phrase ‘Objects in mirror are closer than they
appear’ is a safety warning that is required to be engraved on passenger
side mirrors of motor vehicles in the USA, India, Canada, Korea and Australia.
It is present because while these mirrors' convexity gives them a useful field
if view, it also makes objects appear smaller.”*
Whose brilliant idea was this?
“Hey let’s screw around with the side view mirror so the
driver can see a lot.”
“Yeah, but then the driver won’t have an accurate
perspective of where other vehicles are.”
“No problem, we will just etch a warning on the mirror
that says ‘Objects in mirror are closer than they appear’.”
“How much closer?”
“You know…closer than you think.”
“How do you know what people think?Maybe it should say ‘might seem closer than
you might think.’”
“Look there was a committee that decided on the language…it
“Won’t there be accidents because the driver is reading
that message and not paying attention to his driving?”
“What about people that don’t read English? “
“Well, we could etch the warning in several languages.”
“Then you couldn’t see anything in the mirror.”
“How about we just etch the mirrors in the USA, Canada,
India and Australia?After a few years
we can compare these countries with the non-etched warning countries and see
who has the most accidents on the passenger side of the car.”
another idea.We put a really huge front
bumper on all cars and etch a warning on the windshield “Objects in front of
you are closer to your huge front bumper than you think.”
I don’t know about you, but I would prefer my mirrors to
all show objects where they really are.I look in my driver side mirror and I see a car behind me…looks too
close to change lanes.Then I look in my
rear view mirror…still looks too close, then I look in the passenger
mirror…it’s not so close, I can move over.So I start to move over to the right,“SHIT!!! That car is right on top
Damn…I forgot: OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY
they make that warning a little bigger?