Proctor Car Tips: Blind Spots

Ford recently did a study, asking people about their automobile accidents. 60% of the respondents said that they're accidents were caused by blind spots. Today we are going to talk about what blind spots are.

What are Blind spots?

Every car has a blind spot. You have an A Pillar and a B Pillar, and when you look through both sides of the vehicle, those can get in your line of site. Therefore, it's important that you have you your mirrors properly adjusted. Even still, there can be some variances even with perfectly adjust mirrors.

The Best Way to Set Your Mirrors

First thing you want to do is lean as far over to the left as you can in the driver seat. Then use your controls to adjust the mirror, so that you can just barely see the side of your car. The same process works for the right side mirror as well. This will help in eliminating blind spots.

Flat vs. Convex Mirrors

In the U.S.A, mirrors are flat on the driver side, and convex on the passenger side. 

Mirrors on the driver's side are flat so that you can see clearly with the ability to judge cars approaching you, their distance from you, and their speed.
On the passenger side we use convex mirrors. 

Convex mirrors are curved in a way that provides a wider field of view. The problem with this is that you do get some visual distortion. That's why you see that familiar phrase down at the bottom of your passenger side mirror, "OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR".

Another tip in helping prevent blind spots is to purchase one of those small mirrors that you can tack on to your existing mirror. It provides a little more range than regular mirror is able to by itself. The good thing about these is that they're pretty inexpensive - somewhere around $6 to $20. The most important thing about these mirrors is that they are placed in correct position.

Blind Spot Monitoring Systems

You may also see these go by the name of Blind Spot Warning or Blind Spot Detection Systems. The idea behind a Blind Spot Monitoring System is safety. Basically it has little indicators inside each of your mirrors, and when a car is in your blind spot, they light up. If you were to put your turn signal on, the lights will start flashing at you (some even make noise), alerting you that there is a vehicle in your blind spot.

How Blind Spot Monitoring Systems Work

There are 2 sensors installed on each side of the rear of the car. It works similarly to a radar system. The system senses any metal next to the vehicle, and proceeds to alert the driver.

Do Blind Spot Monitoring Systems Detect Motorcycles?

Motorcycles are usually harder to see than cars or trucks. However, Blind Spot Monitoring Systems will pick up motorcycles and alert you if they're in your blind spot.

Can You Turn Off Blind Spot Monitoring System?

Yes you can. Usually, there is a way to do it through the display or on a button near the indicator. 

Possible Drawbacks?

One downside is that these systems can accidentally be turned off during a car wash or something of that nature. 

Blind Spot Intervention Systems

This is a system that you might find in luxury vehicles. When there is a car in your blind spot, and you go to move over into that lane, the car will sense that and trigger your brakes to make sure that you can't change lanes. It provides about an extra second of warning before you might actually hit somebody. There's another similar system like this that will trigger your steering wheel to vibrate.

If there is one thing to take away today it's this: Do not use the system in place of your mirrors. Use a Blind Spot Monitoring System to supplement what you can see in the mirrors.

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