These days, many cars come with an automatic mirror folding function. This includes the Mercedes-Benz EQS (among many, many others).
The automatic mirror folding function closes the wing mirrors when you park, leave and lock your EQS. There are many benefits to using it.
This article will tell you all about how to activate or deactivate the automatic mirror folding function on your Mercedes EQS. Here’s how to do it.
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How does the automatic mirror folding function work?
The automatic mirror folding function found on the EQS (and most modern cars) closes the wing mirrors when you turn the ignition and leave and lock your vehicle. It uses electric motors for closing and opening.
When you return to your car and unlock it, the mirrors automatically return to their standard place. Your vehicle is then ready to drive away.
Always ensure the mirrors have returned to their normal position before moving. It’s dangerous (and illegal) to operate a car without being able to see what’s going on behind and beside you.
The automatic mirror folding function replaces the need to manually push your wing mirrors in when you park. Although most people don’t usually think to do this in parking lots, it’s a good idea on congested streets or roads with narrow sidewalks. The main problem with doing it manually is forgetting when you get back to the car and driving off before you can rectify your mistake. The automatic mirror folding function fixes this problem.
How to activate the automatic mirror folding function on the Mercedes EQS
Activating folding mirrors after leaving your EQS is as simple as going into the menus and finding the feature. Follow the instructions below.
- Go to your multimedia system home screen.
- Choose the Settings icon.
- Select Vehicle.
- Choose Opening/closing.
- Find Automatic Mirror Folding and turn it on.
Your EQS’s wing mirrors will now close when you leave the car.
Deactivating the EQS’s automatic mirror folding function
You deactivate the automatic mirror folding function from the same selection menu and item. If you want to switch it off (for whatever reason), follow these instructions – they’re the same as those to turn the feature on.
- Open your EQS’s multimedia system home screen.
- Select the Settings option.
- In the Settings menu, choose Vehicle.
- Locate Opening/closing.
- Look for Automatic Mirror Folding and deactivate it.
Once the automatic mirror folding function has been deactivated, the wing mirrors will stay sticking out after you park and leave the car.
Why use the EQS’s automatic mirror folding function?
In most circumstances, having your wing mirrors fold in after leaving your car is a win/win. Leave the feature on so you don’t have to think about it.
Here are some of the main benefits of using the EQS’s automatic mirror folding function.
- Passing vehicles or other road users are less likely to damage your wing mirrors.
- Closed wing mirrors are a visual reminder that your EQS is definitely locked.
- It reassures you and tells car thieves that your car is locked. Criminals might be more likely to target vehicles with open wing mirrors since this might mean they’re unlocked.
- It’s also protection from other wear and tear, such as less exposure to the elements.
- There’s no need to remember to fold the mirrors back out by hand when you return to your car.
Before you drive away, always ensure the mirrors are back in their correct positions. You shouldn’t adjust them while you’re moving.
Side mirrors are vital. They give you a much-needed view of the area around your car. While you can’t rely on them entirely, it’s against the law to drive without them.
See a PDF from the Mercedes-Benz EQS’s owner’s manual here: