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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Less Regular Drivers May Mean More Commercial Drivers

Due to the pandemic, fewer miles are being driven in 2020. With fewer cars on the road, many dealers and mechanics will have fewer customers coming in for repairs, maintenance, and other after-market services meant to keep vehicles safe. Working from home has become a new norm that researchers predict will decrease driving in the U.S. by close to 270 billion miles a year. KPMG International conducted research that found this new remote culture that Covid-19 has created may not be going away anytime soon — potentially leaving some dire consequences for the auto industry.  In April, American drivers drove 64% fewer miles than average. KPMG forecasts that this decline in commutes will remove 14 million drivers off the road. This can result in a 10% permanent reduction in miles traveled each year with vehicle ownership declining to less than two cars per household. Most drivers purchase vehicles to commute to work and for shopping. If drivers no longer need to commute to work ... read more

‘Objects appear closer’ because it’s all about shape

All passenger vehicles have side mirrors with a safety warning engraved on them, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” When you turn and glance behind you, you notice an object in the mirror is definitely further away. However, your driver’s side mirror has no distortions at all. Why is this the case?  The mirror on the passenger side is not like the mirror in your bathroom.  The passenger side mirror has a convex mirror. A convex mirror has a curved surface that bulges towards you. This curvature in the mirror causes it to reflect light differently. When light is reflected in this manner, the image that is displayed is distorted. Convex mirrors help reduce drivers’ blind spots by presenting a wider field of vision. The driver’s side mirror is flat and depicts a more accurate view of what’s directly behind you with a narrow viewpoint.  While driver side mirrors show you objects around the same distance as your vehicle, the ... read more