Driver Tips: How to Avoid Blind Spots
Safe Driving Saves Northeast Ohio Lives
Whether you’re a seasoned driver or a new driver who is learning the ropes in preparation for your driver’s test, paying extra attention to blind spots and going out of your way to be aware of them is one of the best ways to avoid a collision. Here are some simple steps to review when aiming to optimize your driving safety and avoid blind spots.
Set Mirrors for Ideal Coverage
Be sure to adjust all of your mirrors so that you are making the most of your view of the roadway. Your main rearview mirror should give you a view that extends straight away behind your vehicle, while the two side mirrors should be adjusted enough away from the body of the car to see what’s happening to the side of you.
HINT: One common mistake is setting the side mirrors too far away from the side of the car. A good method is to start by adjusting the mirror so that you see just the very edge of the side of your car. Then, adjust it just a hair further until the edge of the car is no longer visible. This method will help you to see vehicles that are entering into blind-spot territory.
Look Over Your Shoulder
Now that you’ve got your mirrors in the ideal position, the next most important safety step is to look quickly over your shoulder every time you change lanes—yes, every time! On the off chance that you missed another vehicle changing lanes or accelerating quickly into your blind spot, you don’t want to rely solely on your mirrors to confirm that it is clear for a lane change. A quick look over the shoulder can prevent many accidents.
Avoid Other People’s Blind Spots
Be aware that riding right next to but slightly behind any vehicle likely means that the driver can’t see you in their mirrors. Proactively avoid driving in this configuration, as it greatly increases the chance of an accident occurring. It’s also important to realize that a truck’s blond-spot area is much greater than that of a small car or SUV—especially true of semis! Pass buses and larger trucks on the left when possible.
And of course, be sure to wear your seatbelt! If an accident does occur, your seatbelt could save your life. Drive safely, and thanks for reading!
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