It’s an unfortunate reality that numerous hazards exist on the roadways. Even safe drivers like you can have a hard time avoiding all dangers on the road, and your own vehicle could make it more difficult to travel as safely as possible. In particular, blind spots could increase the chances of an accident taking place.
Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, you may have fewer or more blind spots to deal with than other drivers. For instance, if you drive a convertible with the top down, you may have a clearer view than someone driving an RV or another large vehicle that is also hauling a trailer does. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you want to make sure that you address your blind spots.
In particular, blind spots can pose hazards when you want to change lanes or merge onto a highway. You may check your rearview mirror and side mirrors and believe that the coast is clear, but remember, your mirrors cannot catch every angle of the road. Mirrors may show approaching vehicles that have not yet reached your vehicle, but they may not show vehicles traveling closer to the sides of your car.
If you are attempting to change lanes, you need to check your blind spots. While holding the steering wheel steady, check over your shoulder for any vehicles, check your mirrors, turn on your signal and check over your shoulder again before changing lanes or merging if your path is clear.
Keeping a clear view
As mentioned, the type of vehicle you drive could impact the number of blind spots you must address. However, passengers and objects inside the vehicle could also create blind spots. If you have anything in your backseat or cargo area of your vehicle, try to keep those objects away from the windows as best as possible. Stacking boxes or other items high enough to block your windows can limit your view and put you at risk of not seeing another vehicle.
Additionally, pay attention to times when you may end up in another driver’s blind spot. If you ride right beside a vehicle, you could end up sideswiped if the driver tries to change lanes and does not see you.
In the event that you do end up in a car accident due to a driver not checking his or her blind spot or for another reason and suffer injuries as a result, you may have reason consider your legal options for seeking compensation.