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Check Your Mirrors
Jimmy Hoffa thinks you should use your mirrors. Learning how to use and pay close attention to your mirrors while changing lanes will put everything in the right perspective.

Learning how to use and pay close attention to your mirrors while changing lanes will put everything in the right perspective.

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If you've ever driven a larger truck or any vehicle without a rear-view mirror, you might understand the importance of proper side-view mirrors. Without the ability to see the cars behind you by simply looking up, switching lanes becomes a much more dangerous maneuver.

Side-view mirrors typically come in two types: Regular side-view and extended side-view. Regular side-view mirrors are much like the ones you can find on in any car or truck -- they help you see traffic in the lanes directly next to yours. Extended side-view mirrors, on the other hand, let drivers see both rear- and side-approaching traffic. They're usually bigger and taller than regular side-view mirrors, and they're necessary if your tow vehicle is pulling a trailer that completely blocks your rear-view sight.

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