10 Reasons for Back Seat Mirrors in Cars
1) Keep an eye on a sick child. Whether you’re driving the child home, to the doctor, or to a hospital, you can watch for signs of trouble. Most of your attention is on the road, but if a child is flushed or looks ready to vomit, you want to know about it. Then you can make a quick stop before the child gets worse.
2) The parent can see the baby. Most babies ride in rear-facing car seats. That means a parent can’t see the baby’s face from the front seat. A quick glance is much more informative than a whimper. With a glance in the rear view mirror, the parent can check on the child’s well-being.
3) Stay engaged in general conversation. Some new model vans have “conversation mirrors” built into the ceiling. They’re installed to help people in the front seat see and converse with people in the back. A back seat mirror can achieve the same thing at a fraction of the cost. With a quick glance in the mirror, you can join in the talk without taking your attention from the road.
4) The baby can see the parent. Swivel the mirror so you can see the child in the mirror. Then the child can see you, too. A baby can look into his mirror, and see mom’s eyes in the rear view mirror. It’s very reassuring.
5) Keep an eye on your pets. Cats and dogs might be in crates, or even in special seat belts. But if your dog has to GO, right now, it’s good to know ahead of time. If your cat is calmly chewing up the upholstery on your back seat, you probably want to know that, too. Use your mirror to keep tabs on your pets’ behavior.
6) Reassure an anxious child. Children worry about a lot of things. Maybe there’s a doctor’s visit coming. Perhaps there’s a bully on the playground or a test at school. Often the only clue is the sadness on a child’s face. Use the mirror to keep track of your child’s emotional well-being. Commute time can be the chance for private, spur-of-the moment conversations.
7) Stop the bickering. Aim your mirror so you get a wide view of the back seat. Even if you’re not looking at them, the kids won’t know that. With the mirror, you’re more likely to know before things explode into angry words.
8) Front seat passengers can join in games. A front seat rider can flip down the visor. If the child’s mirror is aimed to match it, the front seat rider can play funny-face games with the baby.
9) Watch out for car sickness. Car sickness often catches children by surprise. Casual glances can help you keep tabs on their health. If the child looks flushed, dazed, or queasy, you’ll know about it in time to pull the car over. Often a short walk can prevent the problem before it becomes severe.
10) Travel time is family time. Sometimes, all we want in the car is peace and quiet. But with an hour or more a day in the car, you could also spend time building family memories. Guessing games and car games are more fun if a parent and child can exchange glances in the mirror.