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First off, let me say I LOVE my Crosstour and evertything about it...except the blind spots. I'm a very defensive driver and haven't caused a single wreck in 30 years of driving (knock on wood). Yesterday I was changing lanes and nearly took out a car that was already in that lane.
I got the extended honk and dirty look as they passed by me and I really felt stupid. I swear I checked the side and rearview mirrors and did a quick glance over the shoulder but STILL didn't see the guy. Guess I'll have to be extra careful...or maybe my eyes just aren't what they used to be. :eek:
 

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I'm also a defensive driver and have outstanding peripheral vision if that is not impaired by a blind spot. Unfortunately blind spots have appeared in more and more vehicles over the years mainly I believe due to the fact that adding a backup camera is cheaper than designing out a blind spot. This does nothing to solve when a vehicle in the drivers passing lane which means the driver will see someone approaching in their rear view mirror then pick them up approaching in the drivers side view mirror only to lose any view of them from the time they begin to pass the drivers side rear to the time they just pass the rear portion of the drivers side front door, this is what I call the dead zone and what causes a good driver to change lanes, not because they were not paying attention but due to that dreaded dead zone. The only solution is a blind spot mirror, I have used one on all of my vehicles since 1985 and the CT has one as well. The passenger side mirror has enough what I call fisheye view to it I get a miniature view of what's happening, at least enough to not blindly get into that lane. A long term solution would be all drivers side mirrors come with a split view mirror like some trucks and SUV's have, it makes one section the dead zone mirror and some are adjustable.
 

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I just read an article about two months ago regarding how to set up your outside mirrors to minimize blind spots. The article related that most people, including me adjust mirrors so we can see the side of our own vehicle.

If, and a weak if, I remember correctly you sit in the frivers seat and lean your head on the drivers window. Then adjust your driver mirror while in this position until you can just see the side of your vehicle. To do the right mirror you move your head over the middle console and adjust the mirror until you just see the side of your vehicle on the right side.

This of course should be moving your mirrors outward. I don't have a car sitting here right now or I would go out and verify it.

I did the adjustment and it certainly helped as far as any blind spots. The tough part was getting used to the mirrors where once you sat in the normal drivers position you could not see the side of your own car.

If I explained that correctly I think I will still add that the loss of any decent vision directly to the rear of the CT does not help either.

What can we do? Proceed with extreme caution I guess. And I may well give the supplemental 'fish eye mirrors a shot too. Good point fishnbanjo.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys and not dogpiling on me with aging driver jokes lol!
 

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Hey all, just a quick thanks for addressing this issue. As an avid motorcyle rider, I try to make every attempt to ensure there are no blind spots when I drive; regardless of what it is I am driving. So you all know my surprise then when I drove my CT off the lot and started learning the lack of vantage points. Wow, what a pain. 60 minutes of rush hour driving in bumper to bumper traffic later, I remembered reading this thread and the referenced link. I have everything perfect now, but will probably need a month or two of driving for the mirror angles to feel natural. Again, thanks!
 

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Blind spots are a problem. I was taught to adjust my side view mirrors so that you can always see just a hint of your own vehicle. This way you have a reference to where your vehicle is and where any other vehicle might be. This method does not totally remove a blind spot. To follow up on this method you do the quick head turn to physically look to see if there is a car in your blind spot. One feature of the new Lincoln and Jags is that they have a sensor in the side view mirrors that light up if there is a vehicle in your blind spot. I’ve driven a few of these vehicles and would have to say that I was impressed. Any vehicle in your left of right blind spot will cause a dull LED to light up in your side view mirror to let you know this. Way to go Ford! Well, I guess Chrysler has had these on their mini vans since 2009 that employ two radar sensors mounted on the corners of the rear bumper. Blind spot monitoring has become increasingly common on luxury vehicles in recent years. I will have to say that I did check with Honda to see if this was an option (it wasn’t) for the CT. Prior posters to this thread have mentioned that a concave mirror would assist. Yes, it would and the cost is only a few dollars per mirror. That might be the easiest and most cost effective solution for this problem. It might not look the KOOLest to have these old fashion stick on mirrors, but I don't want to wreck my CT. If any finds a blind spot monitoring kit or such, let us know. I already checked JC Whitney and a few other suppliers, but there are none out there yet.

Quick Tip - Don't drive in someone elses blind spot. Either pass the vehicle or pull back to avoid them pulling over and hitting you. When you do pass, do so quickly to avoid as little time in their blind spot.
 

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I drive a LWB truck, so when i climb in the CT the blind spots dont bother me any...just make sure to look around to get a good view
 

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Its funny, I've had a 2001 Toyota Tundra for 10 years and always that this had a pretty bad blind spot, and was paranoid about the blind spot that the CrossTour supposedly had,thinking that it would be even worse. But, from the first time I drove the CrossTour 'til now, I find it to have much better visibilty than the Tundra!
(Loving my CrossTour more and more every time I drive it.. :)
 

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First off, let me say I LOVE my Crosstour and evertything about it...except the blind spots. I'm a very defensive driver and haven't caused a single wreck in 30 years of driving (knock on wood). Yesterday I was changing lanes and nearly took out a car that was already in that lane.
I got the extended honk and dirty look as they passed by me and I really felt stupid. I swear I checked the side and rearview mirrors and did a quick glance over the shoulder but STILL didn't see the guy. Guess I'll have to be extra careful...or maybe my eyes just aren't what they used to be. :eek:
How funny. When I first bought my Crosstour I was having the same issues as well, almost wiping out cars in the right lane. But after a week or two I got use to driving the CT and I don't have that problem anymore. I think with other cars we tend to be a little too relax while driving. The Crosstour keeps you alert at all times, which is a good thing.
 

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This is very fascinating... I've *never* had any complaints about the CT's visibility. (Aside from backing, but I have the camera, so.....)

Although I have been known to drive some unusual vehicles, so I've had to get used to checking mirrors constantly. It's very difficult for another vehicle to end up in any blind spot without me knowing about it.
 

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I like Crashmasters post as well.

Having driven a number of vehicles with blind spots, this one is no different.
In fact, I've rented over 60 cars in the last 18 months and they ALL had blind spots!

Best advice is to use the stick-on mirror on the top outside corner of both mirrors. The best one for the Crosstour costs a little bit more but it rotates, which makes it adjustable. There is even one that is tinted with a blue grey tint that helps to eliminate nighttime glare. When I put the adjustable one on mine, the outside world just "opened up."

Both Pepboys and Walmart have a great selection of these little mirrors.

Do yourself (and others) a favor...put them on everything you drive.
 

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I definitely recommend the tip from armydad - adjust your side mirrors so that you can no longer see your own car. This really does minimize blind spots on all vehicles. I read it in AAA 15 or 20 years ago and I've done it ever since. It did take some getting used to, but you'll never go back!
I adjust mine so that I have to tip my head far left/right to see the edge of my own car in the mirrors. If you're used to seeing your own car in the mirror, then this will feel disorienting at first since you don't feel like you have a point of reference for what you're seeing. You will get used to it, though!
 

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I dont set up my right side that way but the left drivers mirror I set up so that a car in the left lane will have the right headlight in the rear view mirror and the left headlight in the side mirror. That way, when the car dissapears from my rear view, its completely in my side view. Seems to work for me.
 
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