When you start driving you are taught to always check your blind spots. Those are the areas that aren’t covered in your mirrors. The three mirrors are a big help to see what is going on. But they don’t show everything. This is because of the design of the car; the head restraints might be blocking your view for example. Blind spots can vary from car to car, so re-familiarise yourself with the location of your blind spots if you change cars.
My driving instructor kept repeating the importance of those checks again and again. So, 10 years later and with much more driving experience under my belt I still make sure I check those blind spots. I want to spread the word to make sure other drivers are doing the same. Just checking your mirrors is not enough! You need to spot those hazards and adjust accordingly.
It’s not difficult to do those extra checks and completing them can become second nature. It is as simple as turning your head before making a manoeuvre. It’s a worthwhile habit to get into especially when your moving off, changing lanes and joining traffic from a slip road.
Don’t stop doing this when you pass your test. Overconfidence and risk taking can have very dangerous consequences. Continue to follow the valuable advice of your instructor with those essential shoulder checks.
Using Technology to Cover Blind Spots
You can buy additional cameras to cover those blind spots from stores like Tadibrothers this is a good idea if you are prone to forgetting to do those all-important checks.
These cameras can be me useful for beginner drivers. When my boys pass their driving test I would be keen to incorporate that technology into their cars until their driving ability improves and I am satisfied they understand the importance of really checking those blind spots. I think I need to add it to my article about great gifts to buy a new driver because those cameras are practical and crucial to road safety! It sure beats a car air freshener.
An older driver with mobility issues might find the shoulder check uncomfortable. Thankfully then technology can take over and still ensure their safety and continued presence on the road. Driving is according to this article crucial to older people’s independence. They can feel lonely and isolated without the freedom of having a car. So, it’s vital that anything that can be done to make it easier and safer for them to stay on the road for as long as possible.
Just be aware of your driving habits and see how you can improve them. Don’t make the driving mistake of not checking those blind spots.