A blind spot is any area immediately surrounding a vehicle that cannot directly be observed by the driver within a normal field of vision. Blind spots can occur when the A-pillar, side-view mirrors or rear-view mirror blocks the view of the road. These blind spots hide any object positioned within them from the driver’s normal field of vision, including other cars, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
It is important to eliminate these blind spots to reduce the probability of an accident, especially while changing lanes. In this article, we take a look at 3 easy-to-do steps that can be taken to eliminate blind spots.
- Adjust the rear view mirror
Adjust the rear-view mirror to give you a direct view of the rear. Position it so that it best covers your view straight out the rear window. Try not to tilt sideways to assist with your view of traffic to either side of your car as that is the function of the side mirrors.
- Adjust the right side mirror
Lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Then, adjust your right side mirrors so that you can just barely see the side of your car.
- Adjust the left side mirror
Lean your head to the left towards the middle of the car and adjust the left side mirror so that you can just barely see the left side of your car. You should not be able to see the side of your car when your head is perfectly upright.
Once you have completed the steps above, the blind spots should be eliminated. Always remember to check your side mirrors before driving to ensure the steps above are done correctly. Afterall, safety is the utmost priority while driving.