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Finding Your Vehicle's Blind Spots

When you're out on the road, you're going to need to focus your attention on what's around you. At times, this can be really stressful because there is so much going on at one time. If you are new to driving, then you may need to spend some time thinking about how best to know what's around you and what some of the limitations of driving are. All drivers are going to have blind spots that they can not see properly in their vehicles.

While you are at the wheel of your car, there are going to be some areas on either side of your car that you will not be able to see by looking straight ahead or through your mirrors. For most people, these areas are going to be near the rear quarters of their vehicles. In these spots, you are not going to be able to see any objects that are there. This means that you could miss things like other vehicles or even pedestrians on the road. You may be able to minimize these areas, but you are never truly going to eliminate them.

Locating Your Spots

A lot of drivers don't take the time to sit down and think about where there blind spots are going to be. In fact, many drivers just adjust their mirrors and think that this is going to cover everything. This is not true at all, and there are going to be spots that you just won't be able to see when you are facing forward in your car. Before you go out on the road in your car, it's a good idea for you to do a little work in trying to figure out your blind spots, while also taking time to consider your next auto service visit.

To best locate your blind spots, you're going to need someone who can help you out. It's a good idea if you start this activity with your car turned off. You don't want to take the chance that you will mess up and end up hurting someone. Ask whoever is helping you to stand in certain positions near the back quarters of your car. Search your mirrors for the person and make sure that you are able to see the person clearly. Once you find a place that is not exactly clear, then you will know this is your blind spot.

Set Your Mirrors Properly

One thing that you can do to help minimize these blind spots is to set your mirrors up so that you can see as much as you possibly can. If you can get your mirrors in the right position, then you may be able to virtually eliminate your blind spots. This is going to make driving and changing lanes a whole lot easier on you overall, so it's something that you will want to spend a little bit of time working on. If you are not willing to put in this effort, then you may have some major trouble.

Use Your Head

After finding your vehicle's blind spots, make sure that you remember them at all times. It's going to be good for you to check your mirrors, but it's not really going to be enough. You're also going to need to make sure that you turn your head to look in your blind spots before you make a lane change. When you're about to do this, make sure that there is nothing in front of you. Also, don't keep your head turned for a long amount of time. If you do, you could miss something in front of you.


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