Posted in Car Accidents on October 1, 2019
Everyone has blind spots around them as they drive. Understanding and being aware of blind spots can go a long way towards operating safety on the roadway. You should also be aware of other motorist’s blind spots, particularly when it comes to larger vehicles that may have “No-Zones” where the driver cannot see you at all.
A blind spot is the area on either side of your vehicle that is difficult to see while you are driving. Even though we have rear-view and side-view mirrors, they do not allow us to see everything around the vehicle as we drive. There are some areas that we cannot see without physically turning our heads to look.
Blind spots can lead to serious accidents. There are ways to check blind spots and other safety measures we will discuss.
Large commercial trucks have much larger blind spots than regular passenger vehicles. With these vehicles, there are “No-Zones” where the driver of the truck cannot see vehicles at all. These zones are directly in front and behind the truck, as well as along the sides of the truck.
There are several steps you can take when driving to help with blind-spot safety.
Avoiding other drivers’ blind spots can be accomplished by understanding where they are. Cars have smaller blind spots that pickup trucks and SUVs. Regardless of what kind of passenger vehicle you are driving next to, do not linger to their sides for too long if you can avoid doing so. This is especially true for larger trucks. A general rule of thumb for driving next to a tractor-trailer or other large truck is that, if you cannot see the driver in their side mirrors, they cannot see you. When passing a vehicle, whether a smaller or larger vehicle, do so on the left. The left-side blind spot is smaller than the right-side blind spot.
Blindspot awareness is one fact of ensuring that everyone remains safe on the roadway. It is not uncommon for the following injuries to occur as a result of a blind spot car accident in Georgia: