To turn, or not to turn?
June 2, 2010 5:55 PM Subscribe
When you are changing lanes, do you rely only on you mirrors, or do you physically turn your head to check? If you turn your head, how far do you turn it?
posted by earlygrrl to travel & transportation (95 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I am (finally) learning to drive at age 35. Three of my friends are teaching me; all are good drivers with over 20 years driving experience each. One inconsistency in my lessons is over whether I need to turn my head to check for other cars when changing lanes or just rely on mirrors. The three different lessons I have received are:
1. As long as you check your rearview mirror and appropriate sideview mirror, you are OK.
2. You only need to turn your head slightly in the appropriate direction to verify that the reflections in the mirror are accurate.
3. You need to turn your head all the way around to make sure there is no super-secret car bearing down on you.
What is the right way? I also want to be sure to do the right thing for the driving test (I'm in DC).