When it comes to driving there are a few things that drive motorists mad. Blind spots are just one of them. Driving in itself is a big enough responsibility as it is and blind spots can significantly add to the danger. The good news is there are ways you can help eliminate the blind spots in your vehicle. Below you’ll discover the best ways to increase your visibility.
Adjusting the mirrors
Adjusting the mirrors in your vehicle can help with visibility but the reality is that no amount of mirrors can sufficiently and completely eliminate blind spots. Vehicle blind spots are a huge contributory factor in collisions in all industries and the height and length of many commercial vehicles – trucks, buses, tractors – can greatly limit driver visibility. Having no rear window in some types of vehicles, for example, means that mirror placement is important.
Take a look at where your mirrors are currently facing. Do they show you the side of your car? Push the mirror outwards so you can see the lane next to you. The same should be done on the passenger’s side of the car. You can easily see what is going on behind you via the rear view mirror. You don’t need to see the same thing in the side mirrors. Car and Driver has a great diagram which shows you exactly how your mirrors should be.
Invest in clever in-cab technology
There are a number of clever pieces of technology that can help you to cut out those blind spots. For drivers of vans, buses and other commercial vehicles which limit driver visibility a camera monitoring system by Brigade Electronics can help eliminate blind spots.
Even with correct mirror placement, it can sometimes be difficult to detect oncoming traffic. A camera monitoring system shows you several clear images from different angles on a single monitor. This means they are able to cover various blind spots. Not only does this reduce the risk of accidents, it can also lower your insurance premiums too. Some cameras can even detect oncoming traffic in poor lighting. When you are driving at night it is often difficult to see out of your mirrors if you have headlights shining onto them. A camera will help eliminate this problem.
Cameras are an additional (one-off) expense but the benefits they provide are definitely worthwhile. Can you really put a price on safety? If you do opt to use a camera, be sure that you are buying a high quality model from a well-known manufacturer.
Overall, blind spots can be extremely dangerous and they are pretty easy to eliminate. Following the advice above will help you to ensure you are driving safely and you can see everything that is approaching your vehicle before it is too late. By making just a few tweaks you could drastically reduce the risk and ensure you and your passengers are as safe as you can be.