The History of the Side Mirror

Side-view mirrors have come along way through time and paved the way for safety on the road. They’ve gone by many names such as the fender, wing, and door mirror, of course all describing the essential driving aid. Now in the 21st century, in the age of some of the most innovative cars, the side-view mirror will either be augmented or replaced by other names.

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The history of the side-view mirror can be traced back to 1911 when Ray Harroun equipped his Marmon racecar with a mirror.  Though he can be attributed to being the first person widely known to use a mirror, the first patent for the car mirror was actually given to Elmer Berger in 1921, which commonly attributes him to being the inventor of the device. Side-view mirrors were often mounted to the front fenders and side mounted spare tires or even the top of the driver’s doorframe. Now, in the current movement of modern machinery they are most often positioned near a car pillar.

 

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In the ’60s cars did have side-view mirrors but those were only located on the driver side. Side-mirrors have come a long way since then as your scope of vision to the rear end of the car can be extended without a further strain to look behind you at a car or pedestrian that could be in your blind spot. They even come equipped with lights that indicate that you are turning or moving into another lane, also sensors that alert the driver from inside the car if a crash is about to occur are also now being seen. More recently newer models come equipped with cameras on the sides as well for viewing through a screen on the dash. The side-view mirror is also equipped for manual or remote control for vertical or horizontal adjustment. Even though history has brought the side view mirror far, thefts still occur and usually nothing comes up. A small screwdriver preferably rubberized is all it takes for you to be a victim of side view mirror jacking and it’s only a matter of time before these matters get worse. 

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