Driving not only requires special skill but also it requires you to be physically fit and ensure that you have a clear vision. Globally more people die every year in car accidents than in air crashes or other accidents. One of the key issues identified as the leading causes of car accidents is the blind spot.
During driving tests, if there’s one technique where most drivers fail, that is the use of rear view mirror and side mirrors. We are so accustomed to physically turning our back around or tilting our head out of the window that we fail to recognize our blind spots. Generally speaking, a blind spot is an obstruction in in the visual field.
We have listed down 5 ways in which you can get rid of your blind spot.
- Adjust Your Mirrors: One of the first steps you need to take whenever you get into your car or someone else’s car is to check the settings and position of the rear and side view mirrors. Reposition the rear view mirror such that you can see through the back screen without a hassle and any car behind you is properly visible. Similarly, adjust the left and right side view mirrors such that you have a clear view of your sides and there is no peripheral visionary loss there.
- Know Your Blind Spot: Identifying your blind spot is also very important. Once you have set the mirrors, get into understanding your vision and see if there’s another car trying to pass you. It is not too difficult to identify and get rid of this blind spot. Look over your shoulder if you cannot spot a vehicle in the side view mirrors. If you are unable to detect, you might have a lamp inside of home.
- Use Technology: Blind spot has been a problem for quite a long while. Get specially-designed technology to address your issues starting with standard side mirror. Some vehicles also come with an automatic smart detection service. Additionally, you could also use cruise control technology or other such automated technology which either assists improving the peripheral vision or helps illuminating the dark. Installing LED reversible lights can also help improving the vision in the late hours of the night.
- Consider the Blind spots of Other Drivers: In addition to making reinforcements for yourself, also make sure that you consider the blind spot of other drivers who might not be able to see you when you change lanes or drive through high traffic areas. There is a high chance of others putting brakes on their car suddenly, so it is better to also keep safe distance from cars otherwise you won’t have any time to avoid collision.
- Regular practice: You can also improve blind spot by regularly practicing the use of side view and the rear view mirror and ensure you keep safe distance from other vehicles to avoid accidents.