Originally Posted by familybonding
I have driven tractor trailer for 15 years, and the best advice I can give is trust your mirrors. Most people in cars don't use their mirrors like they should. When towing a TT you have to. What you see is true. Trust what you see in the mirror. And take your time. Good luck!
THAT is great advice!!!
also, one thing i notice... and mrs. squidmo used to do this... most people like to have the mirrors aimed right down the side of the vehicle.... ie: the side of the TV or rig taking up much of the field of view...
yep, that's a good view of your rig, but your trailer or TV isn't gonna sneak up on you!!! that dude in your blind spot will!
i always aim my side mirrors out to my known blind spots, or at least run out a bit further..... much more effective (more so when you aren't towing!)...
i drive in massive traffic every day (commute into Houston)... i can't imagine having the side mirrors aimed straight back... useless....lights in your eyes the entire trip, and with 6 lanes, a car can move into the lane next to you, and you won't even know it.
some might think this hinders being able to locate where you are in reference to other vehicles, but it really doesn't... in fact, this gives the person in the shotgun seat a perfect view of the side of the TV, trailer... they can keep an easy eye on your tires, without having to lean over into your view out of the mirror..
EDIT: another thing i've noticed in some of the newer designed vehicles... the rear view mirrors are too low on the windshield, especially for a tall guy like me, that big rear view can block a car you could pull out in front of..... i put them as close to the roof as i can... i've even removed them, and re-located them on some cars i've owned.
same issue with some of the A-pillars of the newer vehicles, they are HUGE...! i've had cars completely blocked by the A-pillar... scared the #*&#$ of me first time it happened. look twice!