Welcome back to our frequently asked questions. I’m Bill Adler. Today we’re discussing common concerns for drivers and that is vehicle blind spots and how to avoid them. Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our daily lives. Even when we’re not driving, it’s something that can affect us and those around us on a daily basis. From distracted drivers to reckless drivers, there are many dangers out there on the road for you to avoid or face head-on. One way to stay safe as a driver is by being mindful of blind spots, both yours and those of other drivers.
Blind spots are the area outside of your field of vision when driving. They are to the left or right side of your vehicle and slightly to the back.
A truck’s blind spots are called No Zones and are longer than a car’s blind spots because of the size of the vehicle. Always be extra careful not to drive in a truck’s blind spot. A blind spot accident with a tractor-trailer is likely to be catastrophic.
Blind spot mirrors are a common way to avoid blind spots. These mirrors are add-ons that you can purchase for your vehicle that allow you to see areas of the vehicle that are not visible through a regular mirror. By looking at these mirrors, you can check for any potential threats in your blind spots before changing lanes or making turns. You may also adjust how and where you drive to avoid other drivers’ blind spots altogether. For example, when following another driver’s vehicle on a two-lane road, leave enough space between yourself and the car ahead so that they can change lanes without cutting in front of you.
Newer cars often come equipped with a blind spot warning system; however, it is important to know that the sensors on your vehicle that generate these alerts can be blocked by snow, ice, dirt, or fog. They may also fail to detect smaller vehicles such as motorcycles.
In addition to avoiding the car or truck in front of you, it is also important to be mindful of your own blind spots. Even if you think you are looking over them while changing lanes or switching gears, there is always a chance that another driver may have been able to sneak into one of your blind spots.
The best way to avoid these dangerous situations is by practicing defensive driving techniques and keeping an eye on both your mirrors when driving on congested highways and side streets alike.
Blind spots are a hazard for drivers of all experience levels. For those who are just learning to drive, the idea of blind spots is intimidating and confusing; for experienced drivers, it may be more difficult to recognize these as dangerous areas.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision where a blind spot may be a factor, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. We’ll make sure the accident scene is thoroughly investigated right away. At Jim Adler & Associates, we offer free consultations, and we’d be happy to help you. You can reach us by calling 1-800-567-7575 or contact us through our website at jimadler.com.