As the title says , this one is related to nothing except, since we’ve got a bunch of 50lb head guys in here, I’m certain to get some super intelligent answers.
We just moved into a new house, which we love…except for the looming threat of death constantly hanging over our heads.
We are the first house in a development where a fairly curvy, woodsy road straightens out and enters a downhill slope. The speed limit is 35mph, but both the incline and the quality of local drivers means that they routinely come out of this chute closer to 40-50. Until you are perhaps 30ft from where the hilled, forested area opens to the wider residential area, you cannot see our driveway at all, nor can anyone in our driveway see who is coming down the road until they are maybe 50-75ft away. Here’s a (poor) artist’s rendition:
The dashed blue line represents a rough Line of Sight to the road. The distance between the driveway and the hill we cannot see beyond is approximately 30ft. The width of the asphalt siding is approximately 10ft.
The only virtue to this setup is that the road does widen to give almost a complete car width of space before the road proper. But it is not quite wide enough to pull out to see around that hill. Occasionally people do park there as well, making even right hand only exits an issue.
Thus far, I have tried putting a convex mirror on the mailbox as far out into the street as I could get it. But that has obvious optical limitations and probably does more to provide a false sense of security than it helps. Putting that same mirror across the street is probably a no go due to the neighbors.
What I feel I need is a periscope. Maybe just two mirrors at 45 degrees to “translate” the picture towards the driveway. But I’m pretty sure that my great idea is going to be much harder than it sounds…especially with the distances involved.
I’ve also considered some electronic method of solving this issue. But powering the device, linking it wirelessly, and having it survive being mounted on the roadway sounds like an expensive proposition. Also, I don’t technically own that hill and the city owns the road, so I have to be careful of what I do where.
If anybody has any genius ideas that I haven’t thought of yet, I’d love to hear them. I’ve almost gotten creamed a baker’s dozen of times already, Pet Cemetery-style, and I’d really like to solve this issue before something like this happens.