Are you familiar with your blind spots?
Blind spots can be a real safety issue when driving. Blind spots are those areas of the road that you can't see while looking through either the rear view or side mirrors. The main blind spots are along each side of the vehicle and slightly behind the driver. Even under the best conditions the most experienced driver can have problems with blind spots.
Setting your mirrors to manage those blind spots...
- Rear view mirror alignment - Set your rear view mirror as usual. Start by adjusting your seat, then adjust your mirror so that you have a view of the whole back window. If you readjust your seat, remember to readjust your mirror.
- Left side mirror alignment - Set it so that as soon as the car on your left passes, the left front headlight disappears from your rear view mirror, and appears in your left side mirror.
- Right side mirror alignment - Set it so that as soon as the car on your right passes, the left front headlight disappears from your rear view mirror, and appears in your right side mirror.
Other options to manage those blind spots...
Today, many auto manufactures offer a Blind Spot Monitoring System option. The options vary on different vehicles.
- Blind Spot Monitoring Systems - Blind spot monitoring systems use cameras or radar to watch the area around the vehicle and look for other vehicles that are nearby. Most systems have a light that appears in the side mirror to alert the driver. An audible alert will be activated if the driver activates the turn signal while another vehicle is in the blind spot.
Other safety features.
- Lane Departure Warning Systems - A warning system that will alert you if you cross a lane marker without your signal. WOW how cool is that!
- Forward Collision Warning Systems - A warning system that uses a camera or radar to warn you if you are getting to close to something in front of you, a vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian, etc.
- Rear Cameras - They show a wide angle and some project guidelines for a travel path.