Drivers everywhere want to quickly get to their destinations every time they get behind their wheels. That being said, such drivers also want to get to their destinations healthy and in one piece. Most vehicles offer drivers a number of safety tools to help them to accomplish this goal.

One specialized tool that is big in the safety and awareness department is called the auto-dimming mirror. These designs work much like regular rearview mirrors in that they allow drivers to view things behind and around their vehicles. Unlike regular mirrors, auto-dimming designs include specialized electronics and materials that allow them to perform their magic.

While different brands of mirrors have specialized features, many auto-dimming mirrors include sensors, internal processors, and gel-like materials. In general, the sensors send signals to the light-sensitive gel that can change its optical properties on-demand. As the gel darkens, it dims the high-beam headlights and preserves driver vision.

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