The Denver Metro Area continues to witness an influx of residents and therefore, an increase in traffic and automobile accidents. The majority of accidents that result in personal injuries, are the consequence of drivers failing to see their fellow motorists, either by distracted driving or simply not utilizing their side mirrors. In fact, blind spots can be blamed for the majority of accidents but that also means the driver is equally accountable.
What Are Blind Spots?
For the last several years, you may have noticed various car brands offering blind-spot detection systems for their car side mirrors. These systems are often complicated, employing multiple cameras or radars to scan the adjacent lanes for vehicles that may have disappeared into the blind spot. The blind spots are commonly found in areas towards the rear of the vehicle on both sides. Although this expensive technology can prevent future accidents, there are some fundamental changes you can make to deviate blind spots with your basic mirrors.
Eliminate Blind Spots
Since 1995, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has been suggesting how outside mirrors could be adjusted to eliminate blind spots. The society advocates adjusting the mirrors far enough outward in which the viewing angle of the side mirrors create a seamless view from the vehicle’s rearview mirror. On the other hand, this can be confusing for drivers who are familiar seeing the body of their own car in the side mirrors. However, when positioned correctly, the side mirrors can negate a car’s blind spot. These adjustments will not only obviate the need to glance over your shoulder to safely change lanes but it also eliminates the need for an expensive blind-spot warning system.
A side benefit: You will not have to worry about the bright lights of a vehicle behind you, glaring in your eyes.
The only issue drivers might experience is getting used to the SAE- recommended mirror positions. For example, the cabin’s rearview mirror is used to see approaching vehicles from behind, while the outside mirrors reflect the space outside the view of the inside rearview mirror. Despite some basic nuances, those who have switched to the SAE’s approach swear by it. However, some drivers can’t adjust to not using the outside mirrors to see directly behind the car and can’t deal with not being able to see their own car in the side mirrors.
In the end, the majority of drivers align their mirrors incorrectly giving themselves a disadvantage to observe their surroundings. With the mirrors adjusted properly, a shoulder check to change lanes becomes a “peek”, meaning you don’t have to turn your head so far by maintaining your peripheral vision. Also consider the blind spots of your fellow motorists such as truck drivers, and minimize your time in their blind spots.