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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Difference Between Regular and Premium Gas

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It’s a decision drivers face every time they fill their cars up at the gas station.

But if you’re like many drivers, you may have decided years ago to bypass premium and buy the cheaper regular unleaded gasoline.

But have you ever asked the question — what exactly is the difference between the two octanes?

“Premium is, yes, a few octane points higher, which provides a more efficient burn in the combustion chamber,” says Bill Griffin, owner of Griffin’s Neighborhood Auto Clinic in Farmington, Michigan. “But it is a choice. Slightly better fuel economy is there, but it’s not worth the huge price gap from regular to premium.”

Most gas stations offer three octane levels: regular (about 87), mid-grade (about 89) and premium (91 to 93).

Some gas stations may offer up to five different octane ratings, including a super premium, which typically has a rating of 93. Other gas stations may call their mid-grade “plus” or “special” and their premium “super.” If you’re unsure based on the description, check the octane level.

An octane rating, according to Exxon Mobile, measures the fuel’s ability to resist engine knocking, or pinging. The higher the octane, the greater resistance the fuel has to pinging during combustion.

Ten Driving Techniques That Will Turn You Into A Master

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Driving is relatively easy, but if you put a little extra effort into it, your daily routes can become adventures. Here are ten techniques that will turn you into a pro.

Most people don’t even get the basics right. They don’t use their indicators, don’t know how to shift a stick or even when to brake. Learn the following ten techniques and you’ll leave their beigemobiles in the dust.

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