As I'm very interested in cars, I can catch anything unusual/new in a vehicle. I first noticed this thing while I was watching a documentary on TV in 2006, the truck shown in that documentary had that small convex mirror. Since it was based on Oklahoma city bombing, they didn't mentioned what's the use of that tinny mirror. I was curious but since the exams were going on I forgot it. But a few days ago, I saw a Suzuki Swift with the same mirror on passenger side parked outside a market.
Then I started looking every vehicle for that mirror. Surprisingly, I was able to spot many vehicles including Corolla, Civic, Cultus and even Suzuki Carry pickups (driven by UNPARH DRIVERS ) I google it and found that the mirrors are supposed to reduce BLIND SPOTS behind you and you (may) drive safer when these mirrors are glued on your side mirrors.
I also visited car accessories shops, a normal (made in China) pair costs you around 150 Rupees while the Malaysian/Thai pair of convex mirrors will be available in 400-500 Rupees.
As I already mentioned the advantage, now coming to the DISADVANTAGES I leave this thing to the expert members. One obvious disadvantage is that the surface area of your side mirror will be REDUCED and it may CONFUSE the driver for some time untill he gets used to it.
Now the questions are,
1) Is it advisable to stick the convex mirror on your car?
2) If yes, then which side? Driver, passenger, or both?
3) Inside the wing mirror or Outside?
4) Good for busy urban road users or for long travelers on fast highways and motorways?
Last but not least,
5) Is it also a good idea to stick one on your central rear-view mirror?
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