This old mirror probably works okay for this truck. But if the owner decides to tow something, the mirrors will need to be reaccessed.
One rather overlooked accessory for pulling a trailer are the mirrors. When you are towing, you can’t have a better friend than a good, well-place mirror. The style of mirrors you require will be contingent on the size of the trailer you are pulling.
Towing mirrors extend further than a standard truck mirror. This radically increases your ability to know what is behind you and makes you much safer. For safety sake you will want a nice pair of extension mirrors.
When you are driving with only factory-installed vehicle side mirrors then you haven’t got mirrors which take into account the extra range of vision you need while towing. Especially if you are towing large loads such as dump trailers, cargo trailers or loaded tilt trailers
At Trailer Boss we usually replace the original mirrors with those mirrors explicitly designed for towing. If you tow regularly, it’s definitely worth investing in a good pair of towing mirrors. But what’s so special about them? Are there specific mirrors for specific towing needs?
Towing mirrors are special because of the way the glass is shaped. Towing mirrors are convex in shape. This allows for a wider field of view.
Nothing is more imperative than safety or accident prevention;. You are making yourself safer and those on the road around you safer when you have the correct towing mirror.
You’ve all noticed the signs on the big rigs which read “If You Can’t See My Mirrors, I Can’t See You.” This is true. These trucks have a blind spot. They have this blind spot even with the extra mirrors built especially for them.
You need mirrors which are designed for you and your type of load and blind spots. At Trailer Boss we can look at your trailer and at your tow vehicle and get you mirrors which will leave you with as few a blind spots as possible.
According to the US Department of Transportation’s NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), “If you are towing a trailer that is wider than your tow vehicle, you will need extended side-view mirrors to see rear-and side-approaching traffic.”
The NHTSA also reports more than 413,000 vehicle accidents are caused by blind spot-related mishaps. Improper lane change accidents such as side-swipes damage more than 826,000 vehicles and injure more than 160,000 people each and every year. You definitely don’t want to be involved in an accident resulting in higher insurance premiums on top of what it will cost to replace or repair your vehicle.
Get the right mirrors for your towing needs. Come in to one of Trailer Boss’ three locations. They have a parts and service department that can get you exactly the kind of mirrors you need and want.