How to keep yourself off from blind spots to avoid accident when driving?
What is a blind spot?
As the car reaches alongside your vehicle, there is a point that you will no longer be able to see it by your side mirror but until it reaches to your peripheral vision. This is what we call a blind spot.
MMDA's blind spot guide
Check your blind spot first
Blind spots can be a serious risk on the road if you fail to check it before making lane changes. It is important that you must be aware of before driving. Learn exactly where your blind spot is and how big it is so you can have general awareness on when to pull out.
You can also reduce the risk of road accident by waiting for at least a long second until you prove that there are no longer vehicles on your blind spots before making lane changes.
For example, if you notice that a motorcycle tends to be along your blind spot for 3 seconds and when you decide to make lane change, check first the rear-view and side mirrors, then wait for a least 5 seconds prove that the motorcycle is no longer at your blind spot before you pull out. This will give enough time for any vehicle on your blind spot to be visible again.
Wait to be visible again
Avoid on large vehicle’s blind spot
Now you know what a blind spot is, and you check your vehicle’s blind spots. Unfortunately, it is not enough for you to be safe on the road. There are some reckless drivers and even doesn't know about blind spots.
Other vehicles like trucks tend to have bigger blind spots than cars and often have signs like “Keep Distance” on the back or “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you” is a common message on the rear-view mirror of trucks. To avoid being on the blind spot of larger vehicles, always make sure you can see their rear mirrors and check if there is enough space before overtaking so you don’t stuck driving next to the other vehicles’ blind spot.
Use the technology
Blind spot monitoring systems
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