How to reduce chances of blind spot accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As a motorist, you need to know that all vehicles have blind spots. It means that whenever you are on the road, there are moments when a driver is completely unaware of whatever is around them, and they might not react in time to prevent an accident.

So, how do you stay safe from this ever-present road hazard? Here are some tips that could be helpful.

Avoid being in other vehicle’s blind spots

Do not drive too close to other vehicles. If you have to, ensure there is some space to maneuver in case you need to. Trucks, especially, have more prominent blind spots, and you should be wary when driving close to them.

Adjust your mirrors

Blind spots are all about lack of visibility, and your mirrors are the first line of defense when it comes to that. Ensure that you have the widest view of your surroundings by properly adjusting your mirrors. While it is impossible to eliminate blind spots this way, it greatly increases your field of view, thus reducing the chances of an accident.

Practice safe driving

When changing lanes, ensure you indicate correctly and be aware of other road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, ensure you overtake safely and, most importantly, avoid any distractions that are likely to get your attention off the road.

While you need to take precautions to avoid such a situation, it is equally important to be prepared for it. Knowing what to do after an accident will protect your interests and ensure you get the compensation you deserve for any damages you suffer as a result.