Kevin Greenwald, a motorcycle officer with the Sheboygan, Wisc. police force, is a believer. “In terms of motorcycle visibility, the mirrors dramatically raised the bar,” Greenwald says.
“The attention-getting Signal Mirrors alert drivers not only on either side of me, but also to the rear, that I’m about to change my position in the traffic pattern,” he says. “Numerous times, motorists with whom I would have had potential near-collisions in the past, now react to the illuminated mirrors and give me the space I need to abruptly maneuver.”
For George A. McCright of Mission Viejo, Calif., the safety benefits are undeniable. McCright, who travels some of the nation’s most heavily trafficked roads in Orange County, Calif., points to a specific instance when he needed to change lanes on the notorious Interstate 5 and 405 interchange, which is eight lanes wide in parts. “I had to merge to the right to exit,” McCright says. “With my right Signal Mirror flashing, traffic could easily see that I needed to move over and readily backed off to allow me to safely do so.”
Currently, Ford, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Nissan and Toyota offer the Signal Mirrors as either standard equipment or as optional upgrades on select models. The mirrors can also be added after-market to many makes and models cars, trucks or motorcycles. Lawrence sees a parallel in the mirrors’ current level of availability and automakers’ gradual acceptance of airbags.
“Only a handful of automakers offered airbags as optional equipment in the first years of the technology,” says Lawrence. “As evidence grew that airbags saved lives, motorists embraced the technology and in 1998, federal law required all new cars to be equipped with dual airbags.”
Outfitting a vehicle with after-market Signal Mirrors, however, is much easier than retrofitting a car with certain other aftermarket accessories, Lawrence notes. “While we do recommend professional installation because the mirrors connect to the vehicle’s electrical system, mechanically savvy consumers are capable of doing the job themselves.”
To learn more about Signal Mirrors, visit www.muthco.com, or call (800) 844-6616.
Courtesy of ARA Content