If you've bought a new car in the last three years, you may drive a vehicle that features a blind spot detection system. The blind spot detection system activates when you're changing lanes, to let you know (with a flashing light or a vibrating steering wheel) when a car has entered your blind spot. Very helpful when trying to avoid collisions on a busy freeway!
This system - along with the rearview camera that newer model cars are sporting these days - can really help to increase driver safety, which is great. But what about those of us whose ultimate driving machines don't offer these high tech features? Or those of us who are a bit leery of becoming reliant on this kind of technology (because we've seen Terminator 2 just a few too many times)?
Fortunately, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has provided recommendations for positioning your side mirrors that can help virtually eliminate blind spots, saving you the trouble of glancing over your shoulder (and potentially eliminating the need for a complex blind spot detection system as well) when you're changing lanes.
This graphic from Car and Driver shows you the SAE-approved positions for your side mirrors and how these new positions help to give you a clearer view of the road.
If you're used to seeing the side of your own car in your side mirror, this new positioning may take some adjustment. But it can help lead to safer driving and fewer accidents, which makes it worth giving it a try.
Does your car have a blind spot detection system? Or do you think you'll give these mirror positions a try? Let us know in the comments.
- Rose R.