It’s easy to think that you can see everything around you while driving, but you can’t avoid what you can’t see, and blind spots are no exception whether new or experienced drivers are behind the wheel. Every new driver should know what blind spots are, how to check for them, and then how to get rid of them.
WHAT IS A BLIND SPOT?
A blind spot is an area of your normal vision (usually in your peripheral vision) that can’t easily be seen. They are often outside of the view of your rearview mirror, side mirrors, or backup camera. Bodywork, passengers, and the angles of your mirrors all make it harder to see these blind spots.
Even though backup cameras themselves have become very useful in notifying drivers if they are about to run into something, if you’re moving forward, they aren’t much use. Thankfully, back up cameras and assistant driver technology can alert new drivers whenever they’re backing up, pulling away, changing lanes, or merging. But this tech isn't fool-proof - you’ll still need to look over your shoulder to make sure there isn’t a car behind you. In fact, you can read more about this tech on How Stuff Works.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a new vehicle with monitoring sensor tech, you can get a convex mirror added to your side mirrors to expand your field of view behind you. We also use technology in the Carrot app to help new drivers - Read More.
CHECKING YOUR BLIND SPOTS WHILE DRIVING
Imagine this: you’re driving the speed limit and have a good distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Then, you’d like to pass, so you signal, check your side mirrors and start to change lanes when you notice a car right beside you. This has now caused a costly accident for both drivers because you didn’t check your blind spot. Whenever you’re changing lanes, merging, or leaving a parking lot, you should always look over your shoulder. In parking lots, neglected blind spots are a major cause of accidents from drivers who are in a rush to leave and don’t check them.
How you can check your blindspots:
More to Read: Derek Brown’s Calgary Driving School - Study Guide: Highway Driving
HOW TO GET RID OF YOUR BLIND SPOT
Blind spots aren’t permanent: you can take the following practical steps to get rid of them:
- Adjust your rearview mirror so you can see straight out the rear window.
- Adjust your side mirrors to 15 degrees from the side of your car so you can’t see your car in them.
- If you or another car are adjacent to each other in either lane, slow down or accelerate within the speed limit to avoid remaining in their blind spot or them in yours.
- When changing lanes, you can lean forward to look into your side mirror at a wider angle to see any vehicles hanging out there.
- If you have a blind spot alert system, make sure to ask your dealer or mechanic if it’s working properly.
- Always keep a comfortable driving distance of 3 to 5 meters from other vehicles and stay out of their blind spots.
If you live in and drive around Calgary, there are a lot of bike paths, so sometimes bike riders can get in your blind spots. To be safe, here are some driving tips for drivers sharing the road with cyclists. If you’re wondering how Carrot is connected to blind spots and safe driving, you can learn more about how Carrot makes roads safer for new drivers.
HOW DO I GET CARROT?
Carrot is as easy to use as 123:
- Enroll with InsureMy (plus get a 10% discount)
- Connect your vehicle to the Drive With Carrot App
a. (Download it on iTunes or Google )
- Buckle up and start getting cash rewards for driving smart!
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