Checking Blind Spots

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A blind spot is an area around a vehicle that the driver cannot directly see in their normal field of vision whilst driving.

Blind spots occur in various types of vehicles including trucks and cars. Motorcycles do not have blind spots as they have full visibility around the bike.

There are numerous areas in a vehicle that can create a blind spot for the driver. Some blind spots can be from the windscreen pillar, rear view mirror, passengers, headrests, side mirrors or cargo being transported.

There are many accidents that occur because someone just didn’t see the other person and it’s likely they were in the blind spot.

It is important to identify where blind spots are in your car and to make an effort to check your blind spots by moving your head to enable a visual of those areas.

You should also identify potential blind spots on other vehicles and make sure you don’t sit too long in a blind spot to ensure you are being seen.

Take the time to set your driving position and mirrors correctly to assist in eliminating any unnecessary blind spots.

Once you have your mirrors set up you may want to get someone to walk around your car so you can identify what areas are obstructed from your view and manoeuvre yourself until you can see.

This way you will know where the blind spots are and what you will need to do to be able to view that area if needed.

When purchasing a new car it’s a good idea to just sit in the driver’s seat and consider the visibility.

We all come in different shapes and forms so what might work well for one person may not work for another.

Convertibles are well known for having poor visibility due to the construction of the vehicle.

But with the top down rear visibility behind the driver increases. When you sit in a potential new purchase and don’t feel confident in being able to see around the vehicle then you are probably best to keep looking.

If you can’t see properly there will be a higher chance of accidents and your comfort level in that vehicle may be diminished.

Here are some things to consider with blind spots:

  • Size of the rear window
  • How high do you sit in the seat and where is your eye level
  • Can you see over your shoulders on both sides?
  • How wide are the pillars?
  • How much can you see in the side mirrors?

Keep in mind that bigger vehicles have larger blind spots so when negotiating around heavy vehicles or larger cars be mindful of the blind spots so you do not put yourself in danger.

Also, as a pedestrian be aware that you may be standing in a blind spot and the driver can’t see you.

Outside factors may also influence your visibility, for example you might not be able to see ahead of you because the sun is shining straight into your view.

If you are unable to view the road ahead of you then slow down to ensure you can stop in time if required.

Be aware, be prepared and know what to watch out for so you don’t end up being that person who says “I’m so sorry, I didn’t see you.”

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Seeing is Believing When it Comes to Road Safety

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It’s no secret that properly functioning vehicle lights, wipers and mirrors allow for better visibility while driving, yet these items are often forgotten or ignored when performing basic auto care.

Making sure that you can see and be seen on the road is essential to avoiding motor vehicle accidents, yet many motorists overlook simple maintenance steps that can improve driving visibility. For example, community car care events held throughout the country reveal that nearly one in three vehicles inspected had insufficient wiper fluid. This simple auto care service can make a world of difference on the road.

Following a few auto care visibility tips can be illuminating, helping to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other vehicles around you.

  • Replace any exterior or interior lights that are dimming, rapidly blinking or non-functioning, and be sure headlights are correctly aimed.
  • Make sure that vehicle mirrors are clean and properly positioned.
  • Check windshield washer fluid level and when it gets low, replace it.
  • Replace wiper blades if they show cracking or if they chatter or streak when operating. Don’t forget to check the rear wiper blade.
  • When in doubt, turn your lights on to help you see and help other drivers see you. Some states have laws that require headlights to be on when windshield wipers are operating.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights. Maintain a speed that will allow you to stop within the illuminated area, otherwise you create a blind crash zone in front of your vehicle.

Auto Collision Tips

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An auto collision can be an emotional and exhausting experience. Many motorists drive defensively, take driver education courses and prepare for stressful driving situations, but unfortunately vehicle collisions still occur.

A driver is responsible for knowing what to do if they are involved in a collision. Even the most prepared and competent drivers sometimes find themselves involved in a crash. It does not matter who is at fault, the most important thing to do first is make sure everyone is OK, then seek medical and law enforcement help and know what to do to protect yourself from legal or financial problems down the road.

The best defense to avoid any problems after a crash is to be prepared. Keeping a pen and paper, disposable camera or cell phone camera, and copy of your insurance card easily accessible at all times will help keep you organized and decrease stress moments after a collision. Use of a mobile app can help you properly document the event.

After stopping your vehicle,all motorists involved in an auto crash should follow these steps: Continue reading

Learn How to Practice Car Seat Safety in Your Mitsubishi Vehicle

Here at Basin Mitsubishi, one of our top goals is to ensure that drivers stay as safe as possible when out and about in the greater Midland, TX area. In addition to pointing out the safety technologies that can be found in each new Mitsubishi model, we also like to share safety tips that you may find useful.

This time around we’re targeting drivers with young children who are required to ride in a car seat. In the tutorial we’ve shared below, Fred Ilarrazo from the Baby Bodyguards child safety company, shares a straightforward process for installing a car seat.