With the possible exception of brakes and tires, nothing influences our safety on the road more than how we respond to what we see from behind the wheel. At Edmunds, we receive complaints that car manufacturers seem to care more about a car's sexiness than its sightlines — the driver's ability to see outside the vehicle. (The Dodge Magnum comes to mind.) Oversized headrests, smaller mirrors, sloping hoods — many of today's design elements appear to hinder rather than help the driver's visibility. Does this mean automakers are remiss in their designing duties? On occasion, yes. Let's see how the forces driving today's automotive designers affect general visibility and what solutions might be plausible.