Blind spots are often associated with car mirrors, especially the side view mirrors for checking traffic to the side of your car. However, it more generally refers to any area that you can’t view. For example, the A pillars of many cars are very thick and can interfere with your ability to assess traffic at intersections.
Safe driving requires that you know your vehicle’s blind spots and that you check them before critical maneuvers. Failure to check blind spots is negligent driving. If another’s negligent driving injured you in an accident, seek the legal advice of an auto accident attorney.
Here are four suggestions on managing your vehicle’s blind spots:
Properly position your side mirrors. People often adjust their side mirrors so that they can see the side of their car. This creates a blind spot in the lane next to your car just behind the driver’s seat. Instead, angle your side mirror outward until its view just overlaps that of your rear mirror. With this adjustment, you can track a car’s motion until it’s alongside the driver’s side window.
Don’t rely exclusively on your mirrors. When you are about to make a maneuver, a quick glance at a mirror isn’t enough. Verify that the way is clear by quickly turning your head. Do this regardless of how well your mirrors are positioned and make this a habit.
Don’t linger in a blind spot. Keep an awareness of the blind spots of vehicles around you. For cars, it’s along their sides. If you can’t see the driver’s face in her side mirror, she can’t see you. Trucks have large blind spots on their sides, front, and back. Maintain a lengthy following distance behind them and don’t pull in front of them until you can see the truck driver in your rear view mirror. When driving next to vehicles, never linger in their blind spot.
Watch for fast-moving vehicles. When making a maneuver, check for fast vehicles behind you or off to the side that may enter your blind spot within a few seconds. Even when driving at the speed limit, a speeder can quickly overtake you.
If you have been hurt in an auto accident because of another driver’s negligence, an auto accident attorney can advise you of your legal options. Contact us today for a free consultation.