According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800,000 blind-spot-related collisions or accidents occur yearly. Although the blind spot is an automotive pitfall, it’s the responsibility of the driver to be as safe and observant on the road as possible. That requires consistently knowing where the blind spots are located and checking them frequently. Many people fail their driving test due to failing to check their blind spot or make it very apparent to the driving instructor.
With Fanshawe Driving School preparation, you’ll feel confident in your blind spot knowledge to ace your test.
What Exactly Is A Blind Spot?
Blind spots are areas on the sides of a vehicle that you cannot see in either your side or rearview mirrors. The average car has at least two blind spots on both sides, however, other vehicles can have varying blind spots. The vehicle’s side mirrors and rearview mirror certainly help broaden the area of vision, but it is still crucial to check your blind spots before any lane changes. An example of a particular blind spot is the A-pillar, which is explained in the following section:
- A-Pillar Blind Spot: A-pillars are located around the front of the vehicle and represent a visual obstructed area for the driver. The wider the A-pillar areas are, depending on the vehicle, the larger the blind spot is. The A-pillar can block the driver from seeing a pedestrian or cyclist.
When Should I Check My Blind Spots?
Every time you intend to change lanes, you must check your blind spots. Before switching into a lane or driving off, especially during the road test, the driver must always check all of the blind spots. If you reside or often drive in an area with a large population of cyclists, you should be checking your blind spot even more frequently than usual. Even when you’re reversing or turning a corner, you must be checking your blind spots and mirrors to ensure the area is clear and you have enough space.
Blind Spots & Heavy Vehicles
Trucks and buses have far more blind spots than the average car, and it’s important for drivers to be aware of them and keep a safe distance. Use the following guide on the road when approaching larger vehicles:
- Check for the side mirrors on the heavy vehicle because this allows both of you to see each other’s vehicles. If you are unable to see the side mirrors; this means that you are in the bus/truck’s blind spot.
- Always pay attention to the heavy vehicle’s turn signals, brake lights and all actions in general for your safety.
- Ensure you keep at least a four-second distance from the vehicle to remain visible.
At Fanshawe Driving School, our courses will educate you on how to be observant and a safe driver on the road. Checking your blind spots is essential to responsible driving and each of our in-class courses and car lessons actively reinforce it. Book with us today to get comprehensive and effective driving preparation for your road test!