How to check vehicle blind spots to avoid accidents

Blind spots while driving can lead to vehicle collisions. It’s vital that you know where these spots are in relation to your vehicle and how to see other vehicles in spite of them.

What Are Blind Spots While Driving?

Blind spots occur on either side of your car and are areas that you can’t see in your side mirrors or rear view mirror. If another vehicle drives into a blind spot, you won’t see the vehicle unless you look over your shoulder. When changing lanes or merging onto a freeway, it’s vital to check thoroughly beforehand.

Only checking your mirror is obviously not being thorough enough. You must actually turn your head and look over your shoulder to be sure the lane or road you’re merging into is clear.

Check Before Merging or Lane Changing suggests the following simple three-step process:

  • Flip on your turn signal
  • Check your rear and side view mirrors
  • Look over your shoulder toward the lane or road you’ll be merging onto

While this process is simple, you need to get into the habit of doing it every time.

Common sense tells you that it’s not a good idea to linger in another vehicle’s blind spot. This is especially true if the vehicle is a big rig or 18-wheeler. You want to pass and get by the other vehicle as quickly as possible.

Warning Detection Systems

Some cars have warning systems that alert you when your vehicle is moving too close to objects or other vehicles. The system may work visibly or audibly. Even with these devices, it’s a good idea to check over your shoulder because a speeding car can approach quickly.

Have You Been Involved in an Accident Due to Another Driver’s Blind Spot?

Drivers are responsible for dealing with blind spots so they don’t cause accidents. If you’ve suffered serious injury and believe the other driver caused it, contact the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz. We have helped clients across the state, from Lubbock to Beaumont and can advise you about the prospects of pursuing a case.