Auto-dimming mirrors are innovative accessories that help drivers avoid blind spots after they've been exposed to the harsh glare of bright lights. Also referred to as electrochromic mirrors, these reflective surfaces have a very interesting way of keeping drivers safe. At Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, we're eager to help motorists learn more about how these outstanding auto accessories work.

The Troxler Effect And How It Impacts Drivers

When you're driving on a dark road at night, having a set of bright headlights shine directly in your mirror can compromise your vision. The impact of bright headlights on drivers' vision can last for several seconds after trailing vehicles have turned. This is known as the Troxler Effect. The resulting blind spot can add as much as 1.4 seconds to a person's response time.

What Auto Dimming Mirrors Do To Help

Equipped with two sensors that communicate with a built-in microprocessor, auto dimming mirrors are designed to identify the glare of bright lights before it impacts drivers. Once bright lights are registered, a calculated charge is sent to an electrochromic gel within the mirror. This gel is then darkened by oxidation reduction resulting from the charge. The reflected glare is then greatly minimized. To know more about auto dimming mirrors or to take one of our vehicles out for a test drive, visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma now.


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