Do you have something hanging from your rear view mirror?

Well I'll be darned. I was just in the car and noticed my crystal has been replaced by a rosary. My mom is such a sneak. She must have put them up when my husband drove her home.
Originally Posted by medussa
Be careful...I hear that things hanging from your mirror are hazardous!

If a thin string of beads hanging from my rearview mirror presents a significant hazard to my driving ability, I probably shouldn't be driving anyway.

I guess I've been extreeeeemely lucky having never had an accident in the 25 years I've been driving with something hanging from my rearview mirror. I find that crappy drivers are far more hazardous, and I have no problem seeing them around my big, obstructive sparkly crystal beads. In fact, the two times I was involved in accidents, I wasn't even driving my own vehicle, and there was nothing hanging from the rearview mirrors. Both times the other drivers were at fault. Again, hazardous drivers, not hazardous rearview mirror danglies, were the problem.

Other more hazardous driving obstacles: Glare from others' side and rearview mirrors; all the idiots who drive around with their high beams on in urban areas or don't dim them on approach anywhere else; blinding glare from mirrored high-rise windows; lane-cutting motorcyclists; road-hog bicyclists; I-have-the-right-of-way-at-all-times-no-matter-what pedestrians. These are true hazards.

ETA: Bolding because I know someone will miss this, and I don't feel like repeating myself.

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Last edited by ~Ghost Poster~; 12-28-2009 at 05:10 PM.
A stupid "new car scent" tree. After reading these posts.. now I want something better. Years ago my husband had these crystal balls in his car hanging from his rear view mirror when I met him.. I sure wish I knew where to find those again. I loved them.
Originally Posted by Marah Mizrahi
Ahh, but nothing beats "new car scent!" But, if you want some sparkly crystal balls...Google them! I've had my string of beads for years, and I made it myself so I could get the colors I wanted.
Originally Posted by ~Ghost Poster~
Yeah.. I do love that scent..love the car smelling fresh while driving! And thanks for the tip on the crystal balls. I make crafts myself.. I never even thought to make something for the rear view mirror..DUH!
Originally Posted by Marah Mizrahi
Sometimes the simplest of things escape the most complex of people...it happens to us all!

So does it really smell like "new car scent?" I had my car detailed once, and they sprayed it with "new car scent." It didn't smell like any new car I'd ever been in...or any used car, for that matter! I just skipped the fragrance altogether after that.

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Originally Posted by janeyliz
I hope you leave the window cracked for them in the summer heat. : )
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
I would if we ever had any

They actually serve a purpose - car identification. This was after I was caught trying to force my way into what I thought was my car. It wasn't. Same make and model. But not mine (I didn't know the plate number 'cos I'd only had it a day). I thought the electronic key was broken. End result = embarrassment.
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I have a scented card with a fairy on it. It helps me identify my own car in a parking lot. From a distance it looks a little like the handicap card some cars have hanging from their mirrors.
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So do y'all really look into other people's cars that often? How do dangly shiny objects get in your way? And why is hanging stuff hazardous and blocking much or enough to cause an accident? Lol..
So do y'all really look into other people's cars that often? How do dangly shiny objects get in your way? And why is hanging stuff hazardous and blocking much or enough to cause an accident? Lol..
Originally Posted by Josephine
I'm pretty sure no one said hanging (non-shiny) stuff in other people's cars bothers them other than some people having an opinion it doesn't look good.

And it's pretty obvious why shiny objects in other people's cars is a problem if you actually read posts.

Someone not having an accident with a reflective object hanging from their rear view mirror as "proof" it's not dangerous is about like someone not having an accident while texting or drinking and driving as "proof" those aren't dangerous.
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I used to take my ID-card-on-a-lanyard off when I left work and hang it from my rearview mirror. It was pretty long but I wound it around the neck of the mirror a few times so it wouldn't swing wildly around. But even still, it once got got caught on my blinker light stem and when I needed to turn the wheel (asap), my wheel got stuck. I was about one second away from getting hit b/c of that ID tag. Never again.
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Someone not having an accident with a reflective object hanging from their rear view mirror as "proof" it's not dangerous is about like someone not having an accident while texting or drinking and driving as "proof" those aren't dangerous.
Originally Posted by NetG
Yes. Thank you.
So do y'all really look into other people's cars that often? How do dangly shiny objects get in your way? And why is hanging stuff hazardous and blocking much or enough to cause an accident? Lol..
Originally Posted by Josephine
I'm pretty sure no one said hanging (non-shiny) stuff in other people's cars bothers them other than some people having an opinion it doesn't look good.

And it's pretty obvious why shiny objects in other people's cars is a problem if you actually read posts.

Someone not having an accident with a reflective object hanging from their rear view mirror as "proof" it's not dangerous is about like someone not having an accident while texting or drinking and driving as "proof" those aren't dangerous.
Originally Posted by NetG
I guess, I didn't realize it's that distracting and dangerous(I read the posts). I was always referring to the shiny stuff.
Be careful...I hear that things hanging from your mirror are hazardous!

If a thin string of beads hanging from my rearview mirror presents a significant hazard to my driving ability, I probably shouldn't be driving anyway.

I guess I've been extreeeeemely lucky having never had an accident in the 25 years I've been driving with something hanging from my rearview mirror. I find that crappy drivers are far more hazardous, and I have no problem seeing them around my big, obstructive sparkly crystal beads. In fact, the two times I was involved in accidents, I wasn't even driving my own vehicle, and there was nothing hanging from the rearview mirrors. Both times the other drivers were at fault. Again, hazardous drivers, not hazardous rearview mirror danglies, were the problem.

Other more hazardous driving obstacles: Glare from others' side and rearview mirrors; all the idiots who drive around with their high beams on in urban areas or don't dim them on approach anywhere else; blinding glare from mirrored high-rise windows; lane-cutting motorcyclists; road-hog bicyclists; I-have-the-right-of-way-at-all-times-no-matter-what pedestrians. These are true hazards.

ETA: Bolding because I know someone will miss this, and I don't feel like repeating myself.
Originally Posted by ~Ghost Poster~

How silly.

Even though you've never been involved in an accident because of your mirror-jewelry, doesn't necessarily mean you haven't caused any accidents. How could you possibly know that.

There is a difference between reflective glass on buildings and crystal that has been specifically cut to maximize reflectivity and sparkle at great distances. I have been hit in the eye with such reflections from other-people's-cars and while I've never lost control or had an accident because of it, doesn't mean it can't happen.

I don't care if you have sparkly things hanging from your mirror, but if I get into an accident with you, I'll be pointing it out to the police and insurance companies first thing.
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If anyone is ever in a wreck because my sparkly beads blind them, they have a right to cite me since it's against the vehicle code to have anything hanging from the mirror (including handicap placards that seem to hang from every other car).
But I have lots of big crystals hanging from my windows at home which would be far more likely to shine in people's eyes and no one has wrecked yet. But just about every other day someone goes thru the stop sign while talking on the phone. Much more hazardous I think.
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Nothing sparkly. I hate being blinded by other peoples' sparklies! sorry! And this:
Other more hazardous driving obstacles: Glare from others' side and rearview mirrors; all the idiots who drive around with their high beams on in urban areas or don't dim them on approach anywhere else; blinding glare from mirrored high-rise windows; lane-cutting motorcyclists; road-hog bicyclists; I-have-the-right-of-way-at-all-times-no-matter-what pedestrians. These are true hazards.
Originally Posted by ~Ghost Poster~
Way too many of the mirrored windows around here.

I have a clear blue dolphin that used to be an air freshener (lost its scent). The elastic string is so stretched that he hangs almost dash level, out of the line of vision. DS says he's the mascot.

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I don't have anything hanging from my mirror. In fact, years ago when I was taking my driver's test, the kid in the car in front of me got yelled at by his tester for having something hanging from his mirror. I guess I always remembered that.

And I agree that sparkly things like crystals can be a hazard to other drivers. It can blind you for just a second, but if that happens to be the second something or someone suddenly gets in front of your car, there will be an accident.

And mentioning other driving hazards won't make it any safer.

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