Be smart about blind spots

Blind spots are the spots you can’t see without turning your head, even if you’re using your rear-view mirrors.

Unfortunately, mirrors can’t show you every object surrounding your vehicle, and you’d be surprised by just how much they impact your vision.

There are multiple blind spots all around your car, the exact locations depending on your height, driving position and the car you drive. Blind spots can include the roof support pillars and the actual rear-view mirrors themselves.

Make it your mission to improve your vision, as it can save your life, or that of someone else, when driving. Blind spots can hide pedestrians, bicycles or motorcycles and more based on the vehicle’s size.

Position your mirrors properly

Most people adjust their external mirrors so that they can see part of their car and the lane next to them. This helps to accurately determine their position in a lane.

The downside to this positioning is that it leaves major blind spots to the left and right of the car. Here are some steps to position your mirrors.   

Other tips to reduce blind spots

  • Make sure you place the driver’s seat into the correct position and you’re sitting with the right posture before adjusting mirrors. There’s no point in doing all the work to correctly position your mirrors if your head and eyes are going to be positioned somewhere else.

  • It’s very difficult to fully eliminate all blind spots, so you still need to turn your head fully when changing lanes to make sure it’s safe to do so.