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What Are Towing Mirrors?

Towing mirrors are side mirrors that are specifically designed for vehicles being used for towing purposes. Given their extended length and size, towing mirrors serve to minimize blind spots and provide drivers with an increased field of vision. This allows for a safer towing experience for both the driver of the vehicle and other drivers on the road.

What Are Towing Mirrors?

In many states, towing mirrors are actually required by law when towing. In both Virginia and West Virginia, side mirrors are required to provide a view of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle. In Maryland and Delaware, vehicles must be equipped with mirrors that allow drivers to see all other vehicles on the road that are traveling in the same direction.

Telescopic Towing Mirrors

Telescopic mirrors, also known as extendable mirrors, allow drivers to lengthen the mirrors when towing. When not towing, telescopic mirrors can easily be placed back in the standard position.

Drivers can choose between installing manual or power telescopic towing mirrors. Manual mirrors have to be adjusted by hand, while the power mirrors can be adjusted with the press of a button.

Clip-On Towing Mirrors

Clip-on towing mirrors is arguably the easiest way to expand your field of vision when towing trailers, campers, and everything else. Given their universal design, drivers can simply attach the tow mirror directly onto your vehicle’s factory side mirror. Then, when a trailer is not in tow, simply unclip the mirrors and put them safely back in storage for the next trip.

Clip-on mirrors are the perfect option for drivers who are only towing occasionally and do not need permanent towing mirrors attached to their vehicle. This is especially true since clip-on towing mirrors are one of the more inexpensive options. However, clip-ons are not as aesthetic pleasing as other mirror options.

Directional Towing Mirrors

Directional towing mirrors add another level of safety and security to towing. These towing mirrors have turn signals built into either the glass itself to the plastic molding.

In addition to turn signals, many directional mirrors also offer other features, such as puddle lights and heat. Puddle lights are aimed at the pavement in order to help prevent passengers from stepping into water or debris at night. The heat feature provides drivers with a convenient way to remove ice, snow, and fog from side mirrors.

Since directional towing mirrors feature more high-tech options, they are more expensive than their telescopic or clip-on counterparts.

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