Why Do Objects In The Rear-View Mirror Appear Further Away Than In The Wing Mirrors?

8 May 2019, 16:55

Rear-view mirror
Picture: PA

Question: Why do objects in the rear-view mirror appear further away than in the wing mirrors?

Name: Mike, Leatherhead

Qualification: Driving Instructor

Answer: The interior mirror is flat and gives a true reflection of distance whereas wing mirrors are convex and give a distorted distance, so things look nearer.