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Third party stick-on blind spot mirrors? Anyone using them?

Third party stick-on blind spot mirrors? Anyone using them?

Someone suggested use of small blind spot mirrors such as https://www.abstractocean.com/blindspot/ to increase blind spot visibility. I notice that some non-Tesla vehicles come with a similar fish-eye bubble in the side mirrors. They don’t appear to hurt the appearance much. Anyone using them? Do they stay shiny, or might they discolor?

The standard side view mirrors are small, rear window is high, and my head doesn’t turn to look back real easily. I think these would help.

Thoughts?

WardT | May 25, 2018

I don't like the blind spot fish-eye mirrors. I would prefer to adjust my mirrors properly to see the blind spots.

rjadams72 | May 25, 2018

I use them for all of my vehicles I have ever owned, hate driving without them, its unsafe to turn your head. I dont use the fish eye bubbles, I use the wedge mirrors. Try them, if you dont like them, easy to take off. Use Goo Gone if any residue is left on mirror.

Unbeliever | May 25, 2018

Like WardT, I don't need them because my mirrors are adjusted correctly. If you can see the side of your car in the normal position, they're adjusted waaayy too inward.

djharrington | May 25, 2018

+1 WardT. If you adjust your mirrors properly, you don’t have to add anything. Luckily, they teach the kids this technique in driver’s Ed these days. I can’t believe how many adults don’t know/do it (my wife included)

lilbean | May 25, 2018

I know. It's like belonging to a secret society or something.

rjadams72 | May 25, 2018

You guys should test your theory sometime, see how that works out for you. Retired CHP, seen my share of side swipe accidents due to blind spots. Even when mirrors are adjusted like they should be, you do still have a blind spot, albeit much smaller than if you can see the side of your car, but it is there none the less

billlake2000 | May 25, 2018

Maybe one day you will run over a Hell's Angel, much to your dismay.

chuck | May 25, 2018

I would love to adjust the mirrors properly.

I've been adjusting and adjusting and adjusting for four weeks now and I can't get the left mirror adjusted to eliminate the blind spot. i can make it very small, but not eliminate it. I don't think it can be done.

So, I'm going to try a curved mirror insert,

TSLAholic | May 25, 2018

@rjadams72

+1

I found that running the backup cam works great in the MS, but this won't always be possible in the 3, so I'll get a set like I've done to all my previous cars and call it a day.

Rutrow | May 27, 2018

Adjust your mirrors correctly (as others above have described). Your rear view mirror is for seeing cars behind you, your SIDE VIEW mirrors are for seeing things beside you, IN YOUR BLIND SPOT!!!

You should be able to see any vehicle in your mirrors in your peripheral vision, without having to turn your head. If you're using a fish-eye or a wedge mirror, the images of the cars in your blind spot are too small. That's why they don't use the "objects in mirror are closer than they appear" type mirrors on the driver's side of the car. When adjusted correctly there should only be a little bit of overlap of your rear view mirror to your side view mirror, and only a little overlap between your side view mirror and the car in your peripheral vison as it passes you.

Beagle | May 28, 2018

I got a rectangular model from NAPA for $4 or $5. It is mounted at the bottom, inner corner of the driver's mirror so it does not block the smaller, outer corner of the mirror.

llewopffej | May 28, 2018

Also, the car shows red warning lines on the display when a vehicle is in the traditional blindspot.

pranfire | May 28, 2018

not using, just look over my shoulder

billlake2000 | May 29, 2018

Quasimodo needs them mirrors.

sduck | May 29, 2018

As WardT and Rutrow said, just adjust your mirrors properly, you don't need addons. If you're unclear on the concept, get a job driving a panel truck with only small side mirrors and little side visibility and no center mirror - you'll learn how to adjust and use them properly in no time.

SUN 2 DRV | May 29, 2018

"its unsafe to turn your head"

Tell that to the DMV inspectors who flunk your driving test if you DON'T turn your head to look for traffic.

I find that properly adjusted side mirrors and a sideways motion as I turn my head let me see everything clearly and consistently.

I drove a rental vehicle recently that had those addon fisheye mirrors and never got the hang of viewing them properly. The images from them just seemed too small and distorted to be useful.

billlake2000 | May 29, 2018

why can't you people understand? Quasimodo can't see over his hump! Argggh

dr_gko | May 29, 2018

Both our Model S and Model 3 do not allow the driver's side mirrors to tilt all the way out to minimize the blind spot the way the instructional videos tell us to do. At its limit I can still see a big chunk of the side of my car when I lean my head to the left. The passenger's side mirrors do tilt enough so that I can barely see the side of my vehicle when my head is at the level of the center console.

lilbean | May 29, 2018

Same with my X. They don't tilt out far enough and there is no fix for it. The 3 is better than the X but still not the greatest.

dave.m.mcdonough | May 30, 2018

I drive a van which includes bubble mirror in the corner of side mirrors, now that I'm used to them I feel like my regular car has worse visibility than the van! I have not been in the T3 yet but if I feel like this then I'll be looking for high quality stick-ons.

vmulla | May 30, 2018

@dr_gko, lilbean,
+1

I too have a problem with how far out the mirrors tilt outwards. I'm about 3 clicks away from my ideal mirror position, and have tried changing my seat position to compensate - that didn't go well.
Overall I'm disappointed with the blindspot situation. Not possible to set ideal mirror position, and not having blindspot monitoring. What a conundrum :(

Rutrow | May 30, 2018

"Both our Model S and Model 3 do not allow the driver's side mirrors to tilt all the way out to minimize the blind spot the way the instructional videos tell us to do."

Oh gawd! I believe that, it's the same way in my work vehicle. We've used Silverado Pick-up trucks for years, new model every couple of years, and the side mirror on the latest one (2015) won't go out far enough. The previous model didn't have that problem, so it's not like GM doesn't know how to do it right. If it were my vehicle I would've bought a replacement mirror to stick on top of the original at a canted angle.

Come on Tesla, fix this. Pretty please!

johnmann | May 30, 2018

pranfire - "just look over my shoulder"

I think that is the safest method. I check my mirrors (properly adjusted) as a first step, but always get a visual confirmation before moving into another lane.

gammaburst | September 15, 2018

Unfortunately, the rear window of the model 3 is very narrow which only provides a very small angle from the rearview mirror, plus the rear seat headrests further obscure the view significantly more, so when the side mirrors are adjusted "correctly", they must angle in too much and there is a significant lack of visibility outside the view of the side mirrors. My mirrors are adjusted correctly and I have had many close calls.

RadOne | September 15, 2018

Stick on mirrors on such a technologically advanced car? Doesn't anyone see the irony here? How about monitors or caneras? I have also seen people recommend curb feelers to prevent rim rash. Same deal!

EvrGrn | September 15, 2018

Ah c'MON! Better is better. I don't give a rip what anyone else thinks about putting cheap stick on mirrors on my $56K magic carpet. It's MINE and not something I use to derive validation from others. Rear visibility on the M3 isn't awesome. Properly adjusted mirrors help. Little stick-on wide angle mirrors eliminates any discomfort around KNOWING that I can see my blind spot. They're dirt cheap and make my driving experience a bit more comfortable for me and probably safer. No brainer.

wayne | September 15, 2018

So which brands are best?

tjs8040 | September 15, 2018

Agree gburst, 2 weeks in and I've already had 2 close ones.

Themoo | September 15, 2018

I can’t believe how a car with that price tag doesn’t have blind spot monitoring technology. It’s now standard on most cars. What about cross traffic alert? It does not have that either. These safety features are really valuable and add so to driving .When I test drove the M3P+ She tried to tell me that if a car get close enough to you,a bracket will show on the screen. I did not see this happen as much as I would have liked it to happen.please ,please,please make it happen!

ODWms | September 15, 2018

I’ve used them in every car we’ve owned over the last 20 years. I properly adjust my mirrors in my cars (my wife does not). But I feel this little addition gives extra insurance whether you do or don’t. I use the round, stick on, bubble style and they work great! If you don’t like them, don’t use them. If they’re useful to you, use them. Simple.

Themoo | September 15, 2018

Wife has an Acura RDX with blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert that works so well. She is totally crazy in love with the M3P but will not give up the technology that is in the RDX. That was the whole reason she bought the Acura. We know the M3P is safe in accidents; we just don’t want to have any accidents.those safety features should be the number one characteristics to add to the Model 3. Tomorrow the special deal will expire and I will not be ordering the the love of our lives.

azdonna | September 15, 2018

I added the small blind spot mirrors to mine and I like them. They give me a better view and I feel safer with them.

Themoo | September 15, 2018

Wife has an Acura RDX with blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert that works so well. She is totally crazy in love with the M3P but will not give up the technology that is in the RDX. That was the whole reason she bought the Acura. We know the M3P is safe in accidents; we just don’t want to have any accidents.those safety features should be the number one characteristics to add to the Model 3. Tomorrow the special deal will expire and I will not be ordering the the love of our lives.

dalesmith1962 | September 16, 2018

@rjadams72 “Even when mirrors are adjusted like they should be, you do still have a blind spot, albeit much smaller than if you can see the side of your car, but it is there none the less”
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That is incorrect. I have my Model 3 mirrors adjusted so that a car is never out of my view.

If you are having difficulty adjusting the side mirrors to avoid blind spots then you may need to adjust your rear view mirror to the right or left.

dalesmith1962 | September 16, 2018

@chuck “I've been adjusting and adjusting and adjusting for four weeks now and I can't get the left mirror adjusted to eliminate the blind spot.”
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You may need to adjust your rear view mirror slightly to the left to completely eliminate the left side blind spot.

Don’t forget to readjust your right mirror after adjusting the rear view mirror.

If you still can’t get rid of the blind spot you may need to raise your seat to increase the width of your vision in the rear view mirror by reducing the amount blocked by the rear seat headrests.

Seth.e.levine | December 17, 2018

Tesla needs to reset the center line of the mirrors so that the users can adjust the mirrors properly. When adjusted fully in you ONLY see the side of the car!

dewy89 | January 29, 2019

Has anyone removed adhesive or these blind spot addons from the side mirrors yet? I'd like to know whether or not the anti-glare coating on the mirrors is weak or not before risking the possible damage.

Randkthorn | January 29, 2019

What am I missing? I use the side mirrors but check the display view on the screen below the speedo to see the sensor views of the vehicles around me to confirm lanes are clear. Seems natural and great to me.

Hal Fisher | January 29, 2019

The mirror design is dumb. I find myself looking at the side of the passenger mirror at first when I look. They totally waste area that could be mirror if designed better.

syclone | January 30, 2019

@Hal Fisher: I agree! More evidence that the car was designed by computer nerds, not car nerds.

Does anybody know of a small 'blind spot' mirror that clips on and can be mounted to the left of the passenger?

syclone | January 30, 2019

Answering my own queston! Just saw a clip-on blind spot mirror on Amazon. The company's name is Duoying. I ordered it. I'll report back when I get it. It's meant to be mounted under the side view mirror. I will try it on the left side of the passenger mirror, as well

syclone | January 30, 2019

Changed Amazon order to Yasoko. I wanted an external mirror because the stock mirror, in my opinion, is too small to accomodate a stick on mirror.