Even the most experienced driver can forget to perform a ‘shoulder-check’ when changing lanes from time to time, so it’s important to understand where your blind spots are and how to use your mirrors appropriately. Arval’s guide to blind spots highlights the general rules around carrying out necessary checks before performing a manoeuvre.
WHAT IS A BLIND SPOT?
A blind spot is an area that can’t be seen in your mirrors, or an area that is hidden by part of the vehicle. Drivers should always take special care to compensate for blind spots and remember – sensors may not always detect everything!
WHERE IS THE BLIND SPOT?
There are actually two blind spots when driving as suggested by the blue areas originating from the red car in the diagram. The orange car can be seen by the red car in the right door mirror, however the yellow car is completely out of sight as it is in the blind spot. Failure to check this blind spot before moving lanes could potentially cause an accident.
As a driver, when moving to the left, you should always check your interior and exterior mirrors, followed by briefly looking over your shoulder to check the left blind spot is clear before you move across. The same procedure must also be applied when moving to the right.