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 stays."
“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.”
“OK. Here is 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 of me.”
Damn…I forgot: OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. Couldn’t they make that warning a little bigger?