Moscow Tesla Club team have testedAmerican vs European Tesla Model S blind spots difference.
That was done mainly for the russian tesla owners (we have a lot of american teslas here on the roads). But may be ineresting to someone here.
Here is a short video (russian voice, english subtitles - turn them on):
You may know, that US and Europe has different standards for side mirrors. In Europe you get curved mirror that gives smaller blind spot but objects appear to look smaller (like they were far away). In US you'll get more realistic image, but the blind spot is larger.
It attracted our attention after one Tesla owner got in a dangerous situation on the road because of the blind spot. He has an american Tesla Model S and here in Russia we have an european mirror standart (everyone got used to it).
We decided to test what is the actual difference between American and European Model S blind spots and what does it means for a driver.
So, we made measurements with two cars, and got ~35% difference in a left blind spot zone size.
In deed it means that in a case of american standard mirrors - there could be hidden car of tesla's size in a distance of 180 cm (6 feet) in the left blind spot zone. For the european mirrors this distance would be 350 cm (11.5 feet).
Our conclusion: If you got used to european mirrors it's dangerous to drive an american tesla.
PS: And that why an autopilot with a blind spot collision warning is a really good thing to have.
PPS: We're going to shoot more videos of that kind. So if it's relevant, I post some of them on TMC.
You can't beat a physically wider viewing angle. No matter how you adjust the flat mirror, it still remains flat. We've had a UK market mirror on our S for over a year now, and I feel blind every time I get a loaner. The difference is so noticeable, even the service guys appreciated it.If the side view and rear view mirrors are adjusted properly there is no blind spot on any car. But most people don’t know how to set the mirrors to eliminate the blind spot.
Really interesting. As a European who lives in the USA, I thought it was weird that I was supposed to look over my shoulder to change lanes (that is nonsense in Europe) and I always thought that was because lanes here are wider, it didn't even cross my mind that the mirrors could be different!
It's always safer to physically check your blindspot. European mirrors still have them. You might not have learned how to drive safely if you weren't taught to look over in the direction and area where you intend to move.
That's just sad. Implying that the other party is an unsafe driver in a surprisingly stubborn attempt to defend a bureaucratic provision the rest of the world disagrees with. Why would you willfully refuse having a wider viewing angle? There have been multiple motions to allow manufacturers to ship cars with convex driver side mirrors in the US, even some third party patented designs, but the DOT won't budge.Sorry, I didn't mean it to never check it, I've learned to check it, but that in the USA the blind spot is so large that instead of glancing to my side I need to fully turn my head while I'm still moving forward.
Are Model 3 mirrors different from the S? The housing looks pretty similar, but I've never had a chance to compare them up close side by side.Bummer that there's apparently no good source for these. I just picked up my 3 a couple of weeks ago and really miss the euro aspheric mirrors I had on my Golf.
+1. In addition to leaving the cam up, I read about this a couple years ago after it being recommended on this forum and realized this was a much better way to set up side mirrors instead of the "align so you can see your car in the edge" method that we were taught 25 years ago.
Are Model 3 mirrors different from the S? The housing looks pretty similar, but I've never had a chance to compare them up close side by side.
one of the nice things about the Leaf is that the side mirrors have a little pointed inside edge that means if you align it so the inside edge barely shows the side of the car the meat of the mirror is adjusted for blind spots as advised.