Trucks are among the most difficult heavy-duty vehicles to drive. The sheer weight makes it harder to control the vehicle, slow down, or stop. It’s also more difficult to manoeuvre trucks due to their larger size. A single-trailer truck can go up to 16 meters long without including the cab. This size creates several large blind spots, making it difficult to change lanes and manoeuvre in traffic. Furthermore, the truck’s height raises the centre of gravity and increases the risk of rolling over. Nonetheless, a great solution to most of these problems is the use of mirrors.
Mirrors provide valuable information truck drivers need to navigate traffic and other conditions. The principal value of truck mirrors is their ability to assist in visualising the vehicle’s surroundings. They are mounted to compensate for blind spots and provide a clearer picture of pedestrians and other road users. Drivers can also spot potential hazards through the mirrors and plan their manoeuvres. Mirrors help truck drivers keep up with traffic and react to sudden changes in road conditions.
Using mirrors is included in the essential training for all truck drivers. Furthermore, truckers are always advised to ensure all their mirrors are correctly positioned and in good shape. Japanese trucks have several mirrors to improve visibility. Each type is unique and has special functions. Here are some of the common types and the considerations you need to make while replacing them.
Trucks primarily have two types of standard side mirrors; flat mirrors and convex mirrors. Fish eye mirrors or convex mirrors are the most common choice for modern trucks since they provide a wider view of the truck. Although convex mirrors are the standard side mirrors, you can place them at different locations to improve visibility. Unfortunately, convex mirrors distort the image and make objects appear further than they are. Flat mirrors, on the other hand, provide clear images with good accuracy on distance. However, the view in the mirrors is narrow.
When selecting mirror heads, it’s crucial to consider advanced features such as electric function. Moreover, consider if the mirrors have heated glass to maintain good visibility in the cold.
Spotter mirrors or blind spot mirrors give a driver an expanded view of the common blind spots. The mirrors offer a full view of what’s around the truck. They come in handy when changing lanes or monitoring cars driving closely behind. Most spotter mirrors are installed below the side mirrors and come as one package. The mirrors have a high convexity to maximise the field of view.
Another consideration to make when looking for replacement mirrors for Japanese Trucks is the supplier. The aftermarket has various types of replacement mirrors with varied qualities. It’s essential to select suppliers who guarantee good performance and quality. You can look up user reviews to compare performance ratings across different products from suppliers. Furthermore, ensure you get the correct truck parts. The perfect replacement mirror should meet the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) specifications and fit securely without modifications. The truck’s model number is often enough to find matching parts. Remember to also compare prices between different suppliers before making any purchase.
The market for replacement mirrors is hard to navigate; however, if you know what you are looking for, it’s easy to settle on a purchase.