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Blind spot

What is a driver's "blind spot"?

The blind spot in your car is the big area around your car that you just can't see, even when your mirrors are properly adjusted. The blind spot around the average car is about the size of a large swimming pool, it is a huge area that you can't see. If you're driving your big rig trucks, you have got to be really careful because the blind spot around a big rig truck is huge. The rule of thumb is that if you can't see a driver, a truck driver in his or her rear view mirrors, they can't see you at all.

When driving, keep your eyes constantly moving, scanning the road ahead and to the side. Check your mirrors every five seconds or so. When using mirrors there is an area on each side of your vehicle where you cannot see. You may not see people or vehicles when they are in these spots.

Make sure you see other drivers and they can see you by doing the following:

  • keep a clear view when driving. Do not put anything in your windows that will block your view.
  • the windows should not be coated with any material that keeps you from seeing out in any direction. Neither should the windshield or front door windows be coated to keep someone from seeing inside the vehicle.
  • check and adjust your mirrors and find your blind spots. Check your blind spots by turning your head to look over your shoulder before changing lanes, passing, turning or before opening your door when parked next to traffic.
  • when making a lane change, check your mirrors for a space in traffic where you can enter safely. Check your blind spot by looking over your shoulder in the direction of the lane change. Signal when you want to move left or right. Check again to make sure the way is clear and steer gradually into the new lane, maintaining the same speed or gently increase it.
  • stay out of other driver's blind spots, especially large vehicles like trucks.

Take extra care to make sure the way is clear behind you when backing up.