Do you know your vehicle's blind spots?
Most of us have been driving our vehicles long enough to know where the blind spots are. But what about the vehicles around you? BEWARE of that new teen driver or someone who just purchased a new vehicle (you'll recognize them by the new paper plates) Or, maybe you just purchased a new vehicle and you're learning where the blind spots are.
Changing lanes can be an adventure for all of us. Especially if we don't know our blind spots.
What is a blind spot?
Blind spots are areas outside your vehicle that you are unable to see. They may be caused by the headrests, window pillars, incorrectly adjusted rearview and/or side mirrors, passengers or other items in your vehicle. According to Wikipedia... A blind spot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls, under existing circumstances.
Here are a few tips to help you know your blind spots...
- After you're seated and buckled in, before you drive off, familiarize yourself with the areas that you are unable to see.
- Be sure to check and adjust your rearview and side mirrors.
- Before changing lanes, check your mirrors, and do the "split second head turn".
Some of today's vehicles are equipped with detection systems that have sensors and cameras to provide information about objects that are outside your range of vision. Cameras have views from either side of a vehicle so that you can see if your blind spot is clear. However, not all vehicles have this technology, by following the above tips before you take off for work or that shopping trip, may help you get there safely. And always be aware of the drivers around you, you could be in their blind spot. Know your blind spots and drive safe out there!