Join Date: May 2005
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Creative though the above lighting effects are I can't help thinking that a pair of good mirror guards- properly fitted- are a must.
We've had several clashes of mirror on narrow roads- always in bright, sunny daylight where lights would not have been a lot of use I suspect.
After the first one, a swipe with a rubber inflatable boat on a trailer coming down a hillside much too fast in Slovenia, we bought mirror guards. These have been hit several times ( and no, not once our fault; we are pathologically careful about the mirrors after the first expensive incident) and have always held the mirror together and prevented damage to the glass or the electrics. Surprisingly, on our last van, it passed the MOT 6 years running despite the fact that we knew that if the mirror guard had been removed the Fiat bit inside was in ruins. Apart from scratches, removed with a bit of Vim, the guard was intact
By all means light up your mirror but don't rely on the lights for total protection.