A blind spot is an area around your vehicle that you cannot directly see, even with rear or side-view mirrors. It can be caused by the design or structure of a car. Contrary to popular belief, all vehicles have blind spots, and their prominence depends on the vehicle’s size. For instance, trucks have more prominent blind spots compared to regular cars. So what does it mean for other road uses?
Lack of visibility by a driver is a recipe for disaster. This is because the driver cannot react to what they cannot see. As such, they may not take preventive action like slowing down or giving way. Below are some tips for all motorists that may be useful when it comes to avoiding blindspot accidents.
Maintain some distance between yourself and other vehicles
Keeping distance may help prevent a blind spot accident. Do not tailgate, especially behind large trucks, and neither should you drive so close to the side of other vehicles. If you are planning to overtake, consider the length of the car ahead of you and the distance you have to cover to get ahead safely. Being aware of other vehicles’ blindspots will also go a long way in ensuring your safety.
Adjust your mirrors accordingly
Ensure that your mirrors give the best view of your surrounding vehicles to reduce the size of blind spots. Keep in mind that properly adjusted mirrors will not eliminate blindspots. You can complement that by looking outside your side windows, just to be on the safe side.
Always remember to use your turn signal when necessary
Indicating your intended actions will ensure that other motorists are aware of where you are headed. Ensure that they are in working condition so that you don’t catch another driver unaware.
Above all, it is necessary to be aware of the steps to take following an accident. This is because no matter the actions you take to avoid a crash, another driver may act negligently and cause one. As such, being well prepared and informed is always recommended whenever you hit the road.