Proper mirror usage helps reduce the risk of crashes

Female trucker practices safety by using her mirrors

Mirrors are an essential piece of safety equipment. A skilled driver should know how to use mirrors to help manage the space around the truck and avoid crashes while changing lanes, backing, turning, and during startups. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills, by using your truck’s mirrors more effectively, to help reduce the risk of a crash.


Before operating your truck, inspect the mirrors for the following:

  • Broken or defective parts.
  • Secure attachment to the tractor.
  • Proper alignment.
  • Cleanliness.


Use your mirrors to help you prevent the following types of crashes:

  • While maintaining proper following distance with traffic ahead, make frequent, quick glances to the mirrors to monitor traffic around the truck. Return your focus to the traffic ahead immediately.
  • Use the mirrors to monitor the space around the truck.
  • Be mindful of vehicles in your blind spots.
  • In conjunction with other lane change crash prevention techniques, monitor your mirrors until the maneuver is completed.



The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively. To see what additional resources Great West Casualty Company can provide for its insureds, please contact your safety representative, or click below to find an agent.

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