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    He's been doing it forever. It's going to take time to change those habits. I think it's sort of your call to decide whether to continue to remind him, but if he agrees that he needs to change, then perhaps he does need to be reminded several times to help kick-start changing the habit.
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    I was taught how to drive that way.  It took me MONTHS to break the habit.  It's going to take some time for him to figure it out.  For me, driving is something I don't think about.  I need to turn?  I automatically flip on the blinker.  If you told me not to do it, I probably would forget because it's not something I'm actively thinking about.  I wouldn't keep bringing it up because you don't want to nag him about something he's probably working to actively change.
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    Most commercial vehicles, such as delivery trucks, the only option you have for backing up is using your mirrors.  I don't see this as a big deal if he knows how to use his mirrors properly.  Although if he hit a dumpster, it sound like he doesn't know how to use them correctly.
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    DH used to drive like this also and it drove me nuts.  I don't do anything without turning to see what is behind me.  He has started turning to look because he's seen me do it so often and he knows I am the better driver (he actually tells everyone this).  He actually understood after I started cussing out drivers who cut me off when I could see they did not turn to look first.
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    Yeah, that was pretty much along the lines of what I was thinking.

    Liatris, I love your idea of recruiting his opinion on wether or not I should remind him.  I know from now on if he's driving my car, he's checking over his shoulder.  I won't feel bad nagging there.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_chit-chat_driving-advice?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:14Discussion:f6006f33-7a46-422c-9b3b-d4c3cf674519Post:13b59e86-fa8f-42d8-a6a7-d0157b7e9f92">Re:Driving Advice</a>:
    [QUOTE]If your mirrors are properly aligned, there are no blind spots, except where you wouldn't be able to see, like below the top of the trunk in a sedan, or below the tailgate in a truck or hatch back. It is always a good idea to look around the outside of a vehicle before getting in to drive to avoid running over things you can't see when inside the vehicle.
    Posted by EllaYoung[/QUOTE]

    I really hope you are talking about specialty 'extra' mirrors you can have installed to eliminate blind spots.  I REALLY hope  you don't believe regular car mirrors are free of blind spots, and that you check over your shoulder before changing lanes. 

    The red zones are where properly adjusted mirrors CAN see.  In the second picture, you can see the car occupying a space where the driver CANNOT see with mirrors.  As a matter of fact, that was the space the dumpter occupied when my H backed into it, resulting in dents right next to my gas-panel.

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    I just honestly do my understand why someone would not check their blind spot, especially in traffic. It takes 2 seconds and could prevent a lot of things. I have been almost hit about once a week coming home from work because people don't check their blind spots. I hate the excuse 'my mirrors are sufficient.' How do you know? Just check your blind spots for the sake of everyone around you.
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    I need to get a few of those little mirrors for my new car.  I just have a habit at this point of looking over my shoulder.  Nearly running into another car the first week I had my new car taught me that lesson the hard way (my old car had the little mirrors so I was used to just checking in those).
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    I always check over my shoulder when switching lanes, but I only use my mirrors to back up out of a parking space. I am surprised he missed seeing the dumpster in his mirrors, or knowing it was there before he got in the car. 
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