Be Aware of Your Blind Spots When Driving

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See how blind spot detection technology can help keep you safe on the road.

Every driver has had an instance when they are unable to see past blind spots or certain areas outside their vehicle, whether it’s changing lanes, merging into traffic, making a turn, or backing up. While a quick look backward can help drivers see if there are any vehicles in the way, it does not always assure it’s safe to move over.

So what can drivers do to help them stay safe? Automakers have attempted to make design changes and add new technologies that reduce blind spots. For example wide-angle mirrors on both sides of the vehicle are offered by many automobile makers, and a number of vehicles incorporate rear view cameras to help drivers see when backing up.

Newer technologies such as blind spot detection systems can also help alert drivers to obstacles where they can’t see them. Some blind spot systems work with an electronic detection device on the side of the vehicle to alert you if another vehicle is too close. Newer blind spot detection systems aim to create 360-degree sight around a vehicle in the hopes that drivers will no longer have blind spots where potential accidents could occur.

While some vehicles already have these systems in place, they are more likely to be found in the luxury car market, in part because of the expense. However, as these systems become more widely available as a potential means for drivers to avoid blind spot accidents, it is likely they will become more affordable in the future. Keep in mind that numerous aftermarket products also exist that can be added to older vehicles. While experts vary on what technologies work best for which cars, you may want to consider testing what’s available to see if there is a blind spot detection tool out there that would benefit you.