The 2009 Honda Civic is to get an invaluable night-time driving aid – mirrors which darken automatically in response to the headlamp glare of rearward-approaching vehicles.
The Gentex interior base auto-dimming mirror will be available as an option on all 2009 Civic trim levels sold in European Union countries and have begun shipping already.
A recent European study of night-time driving found that a majority of motorists have been dazzled by glare in their rear view mirrors caused by the headlamps of the cars behind them.
Half the participants taking part in the study already had auto-dimming mirrors fitted to their cars and were convinced it contributed to safety and helped prevent accidents.
Such owners indicated that they felt safer driving at night with this feature and were less likely to be dazzled by the headlamps of other cars. Improved concentration and less visual fatigue resulted from having them.
Gentex research estimates that about one in five new vehicles manufactured worldwide offer an interior automatic-dimming mirror.
Written by Bobby Minter