Patented Safety Mirror Helps Drivers See More
Individually adjustable panes eliminate blind spots
YARMOUTH PORT: - A new, patented vehicle mirror that provides 260°
peripheral vision without head movement is making driving easier, safer,
and less stressful for people with a variety of vision and other impairments
- including its inventor. Brad Sawyer, a 100% disabled, Vietnam-Era veteran,
designed the mirror as a driving aid for himself. Ankylosing Spondylitis
(AS) has fused Sawyer's spine, neck, and rib cage, leaving him unable
to turn his neck. With his safety mirror, Sawyer says he can face straight
ahead and work the left and right hinges to look in either direction,
clearly seeing when it is safe to turn left or right.
"When I've angled the visor correctly, I no longer have to ask
other people if cars are coming," Sawyer says.
His condition is just one of many disabilities that the Multiflex™
Adjust-a-View Safety Mirror helps people overcome. Sawyer says. He describes a
33-year old mother of two who has had her driver's license for 16 years.
She drives herself and others, including her children, safely and securely
even though she lost an eye to retinobliastoma, a form of eye cancer,
when she was only 18 months old.
"I no longer have to turn my head as far to check blind spots,"
she says. "This tool increases peripheral vision on both sides, the
left especially. Dangerous, four-corner intersections are no longer a
safety concern for me."
Drivers affected by arthritis and those who suffer from back pain, stiff
neck, or impaired vision all enjoy the added safety that comes from being
able to see easily what had once remained hidden in traditional blind
spots. Sawyer says, the Multiflex™ Adjust-A-View Safety Mirror (U.S. Patent
No. 6926416) provides for tool-free attachment to the driver-side sun
visor for distortion-free image reflection in left-side and right-side
blind spots, as well as a vehicle's rear seating compartment.
Measuring 12-3/4 inches wide by 3-3/4 inches high, and with left and
right mirrors each measuring 5-1/2 inches wide by 3 inches high, the safety
mirror attaches to a conventional driver's side window visor- "The
driver works hinges to adjust each mirror as needed and, in that way,
view proximate left and right-side traffic.
For more information, visit the Multi View Solutions LLC website,
www.multiflexmirror.com. The Multiflex™ Adjust-A-View Safety' Mirror
can be purchased online through a secure server.
About the Inventor
While he was in training exercises with the U.S. Army in 1965, Brad Sawyer
suffered radiation exposure such that, by the mid-70's he began suffering
from Ankylosing Spondylitis, or AS, a type of arthritis that primarily
affects the spine or back. Over time, Sawyer's ailment became so severe
that his 6' frame hunched over to a height of 5'2". Before his AS
began to progress however, Brad met and married Diana, and the two have
shared a home on Cape Cod since 1969. By the late 70s, he had to quit
his job as a realtor due to the now rapid progression of his disease.
Testifying to his indomitable optimism and positive, can-do outlook and
indomitable spirit, Sawyer toyed and experimented with several approaches
to a mirror that would aid his driving independence. He broke a lot of
mirror glass before developing the current version of the Multiflex™ Adjust-A-View
Safety Mirror, which now is being produced in Leominster, MA, and is available
for immediate delivery.