I just put a rearview mirror on my helmet. Until now I as doing the "turn your head all the way around" method of checking behind me.
I took the bike out for a brief ride and have some observations and questions. Is it fairly normal to have to turn your head a little to see behind you? I was hoping to be able to just move my eyes to see behind me but it seems like if I move it to a position where I can see around my head to see behind me, I have to practically go cross-eyed to see the mirror, and then it's hard to see clearly. I found that if I adjusted it further forward, I can't see around my head so in order to see behind me I have to cock my head maybe 10 degrees in order to see directly behind. Is this normal?
Also, I found myself looking in my mirror almost as much as I was looking forward. Is this just a novelty thing, and once the novelty wears off, I will not look into the mirror all the time? It seems more distracting that helpful right now.
Once I get used to it, how much will I notice cars approaching from behind without consciously looking at the mirror? Does it get to the point where the mirror is automatically part of my situational awareness?
Thanks in advance for your comments and/or tips.