Maybe you're thinking of the mirror in the wrong way. Think of the as next-lane-over mirrors. If you adjust the mirror so you don't really see the side of the car and use the rear view mirror to see what is behind you, these mirrors will shoot right down the lane next to you. Perfect. No car will get between where you can see and the car so don't worry that it's out too far. This allows you to see more of what is next to you and the extra mirror enhances that. I actually love these little guys.