This budget mirror is ideal for those who tow occasionally. The MGI - Steady XL View Mirrors are simple to fit and have an extra large head and hinged arms making it suitable for larger vehicles, but more importantly, they meet all the latest Safety Regulations for Towing Mirrors. The tensioning straps and handles means they can be adjusted to fit most typical traditional car mirrors. For vehicles with shaped mirrors or teardrop mirrors, we would recommend our Aero 3 Mirror range.
This is a larger strap on mirror with long articulated arms so it can fit vehicles with large mirrors, such as vans, 4x4's etc.
The Law (Applicable Europe, Australia and USA) This is a simple explanation. This is not a fully comprehensive explanation of the law for every country.
If your caravan is wider than your car, it is a legal requirement that you fit additional e-marked mirrors on both sides. In Europe and Australia, you must be able to see 4 metres out from either side of the caravan or trailer 20 metres behind the driver. In America you must be able to see 2.4 metres out from either side of the caravan or trailer, 10.7 metres behind the driver. Effectively both standards specifying the field of view are very similar and just describe it in different ways. What is common to the standard is it specifies a field view from a straight line parallel behind the caravan, or in other words you must be able to see down the side of the caravan. The simplest way to ensure you are legal is to ensure your Mirrors are wider than the caravan, so if you look from behind the caravan ensure you can see both mirrors sticking out.
Like the slogan says "if you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you" (and you are breaking the law).
If your car is fitted with door mirrors approved to UN46.2,46.3, or 46.4 (ADR14.2) was a new car after 26th January 2007, your towing mirrors may project up to 25 cm beyond the widest point of the caravan. For older cars, your mirrors may project up to 20cm.