Simple trick ensures your wing mirrors are positioned correctly – and you've probably been doing it all wrong

DO you know how to set up the wing mirrors on your car correctly?

All motorists are told how to do it when they're learning to drive but few put much thought into it after they've passed.

So what's right and what's wrong when it comes to positioning your mirrors?

While placing them to give a wide angle view reduces your blind spot, it also means you might miss pedestrians or cyclists who are close to your car.

But setting them angled too far in means you could be blindsided by someone changing lanes or coming out of a junction.

The best advice is to adjust your mirrors so the horizon sits in the middle of the glass.

And a small portion of your car – from around the back door handle to the boot – should be visible too, with the rest of the mirror showing the surroundings.

If you have mirrors that auto adjust when you put the car into reverse, having them set up like this will angle them correctly at your rear tyres so you don't kerb your wheels when parking.

You should check the set-up every time you get in to make sure it's right – especially if it's a shared car and the seat could have been altered.

We previously reported on how drivers shouldn't rely totally on their wing mirrors when opening doors as cyclists can be at danger.

Instead motorists should use the "Dutch Reach" method which forces you to swivel your body and look behind before opening the door.

Drivers should also be aware of errors that could cause them to be hit with a fine, such as flashing your lights at the wrong time.

Smoking in your car could also result in being slapped with a fine in some situations.

Driving with a dirty windscreen could land you in trouble too, with a potential £1,000 fine.

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