Module 5: Traffic Flow Control 04 (5E-Blind Spot)

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  • What is a blind spot when driving?
  • To drive safely, you must be aware of all other vehicles that share the road with you. You should not change lanes unless you know there is enough room to do so safely. This means that you must be sure where all other vehicles are in relation to yours. The vehicles in front of you are easy to see. Vehicles directly behind you are visible in the rear view mirror. Vehicles passing it on both sides are visible in the side mirrors. The problem occurs when a car passes into an area where it is not visible in either the rear view mirror or the side mirror. As a driver, you may not realize that a car is very close to yours because you cannot see it through your mirrors. When another vehicle passes into a blind spot, it is impossible to see it without turning your head from your natural driving position. That is why blind spots are the cause of so many accidents; Drivers will change lanes believing the adjoining lane is empty. Since the other vehicle is so close, it is difficult to avoid a collision.   How to avoid a blind spot? Depending on your vehicle and the position of your mirrors, it may not be possible to completely eliminate blind spots. However, there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of an accident.