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Driveway Mirrors Will Help You Safely Navigate Onto Roadways When Obstructions Are Present

Traffic Mirror

What Type of Mirror for a Driveway: 

Driveway mirrors will help remedy issues with hills, walls, landscaping, curves or virtually any other obstruction when pulling out onto the roadway.  An unbreakable mirror with steel backing is the recommended mirror for use as a driveway mirror. Objects being thrown at driveway mirrors by vandals, mowers, string trimmers, or blown by the wind is a common occurrence. This is why the unbreakable mirror should be considered before all other mirror types. The steel backing offers the best protection against the weather and will provide years of service.  Although the acrylic convex mirror is a more economical choice initially, once you have to deal with replacing the acrylic outdoor mirror the savings would be erased and you would actually end up paying more than if you would have purchased an unbreakable mirror to begin with. If the area where you are going to mount your driveway mirror will be safe from potential damage then a acrylic convex mirror with steel backing will be just fine.   

Size Does Matter:

One of the most critical factors to consider when shopping for a driveway mirror is size. All too often people order a driveway mirror that is too small. We do not recommend utilizing a driveway mirror under 26” in diameter.  Anything smaller will not give you the visibility and viewing area needed to see oncoming traffic. From eyeball to mirror, every foot in distance equals on inch in mirror diameter.  For example, if the mirror’s mounting location is 28’ away from where you will be in your vehicle looking directly at the mirror, then you would need a 30” diameter mirror. Always round up to the nearest diameter, never down.  Even if that distance may be less than 26’ away, going to a driveway mirror smaller than 26” is not recommended. It’s always best practice to err on the side of caution and go with the largest mirror you can. Obviously, the larger the mirror the more area it will cover and this will give you more time to oncoming traffic.

Where to Mount a Driveway Mirror:

Where to mount a driveway mirror is also an integral component that you need to consider. Because every application is different, it is impossible for anyone to give advice or make a recommendation without being in the application. However, there are a few principals that can be applied to most all situations. It’s a good idea to have a general idea on where you want to mount the driveway mirror before you make a purchase. Once you receive your mirror, enlist the help of someone to help you fine tune the mirror location and angling. In order to choose the best location, have your helper hold the mirror and give them direction on positioning and angling. This will prevent headaches should you mount the mirror in the wrong location. Because of the versatility a convex mirror offers and the hardware provided, the possibilities are virtually endless in regards to where and how to mount the mirror. A swivel arm is provided for angle adjustment so even if you have to mount the mirror in an odd location there is adjustability.

Many people will mount a driveway mirror on a telephone pole. If you choose this method to mount the mirror, make sure you have permission from the property owner and the owner of the pole (typically it’s the utility company or local/state government such as your county or township.  Many times if permission is not obtained, the mirror will be removed without notice and thrown away.  Although mounting hardware is included with a driveway mirror, you may need to provide additional hardware or use a different means to mount the mirror other than the standard hardware included. Keep in mind the hardware included is for mounting on a solid, flush, rectangular shaped surface.  4X4 and 6X6 posts make a great mounting surface for a driveway mirror and can be cut to length. When using this type of surface to mount the driveway mirror, hardware other than what is provided is not typically necessary.

Round posts such as a fence post or even tress may also be used as a mounting location but it does require the use of additional mounting hardware other than what comes supplied (such as u channel, metal clamps or clips, etc).