When young drivers first learn about operating a car, they may not understand the importance of checking their blind spot. After all, it may be a foreign concept because they may not be used to looking over all of the areas before making a lane change. However, even some of the most experienced drivers may forget to look over their shoulder every once in a while.
But if a blind spot is missed, it could spell disaster.
So when driving a different car for the first time (such as a rental car) or when shopping for a new car, it is essential to complete the following steps to get your bearings.
Adjust your mirrors – Before driving away, it is important to adjust both side view mirrors as well as the rear view mirror so that the best view of all the different angles can be had. A driver should be able to see along each side of the car by simply glancing through each mirror. The same should be done with the rear view mirror. A driver should be able to see across the back windshield with a simple glance.
Adjust your seat accordingly – Additionally, the position of your seat can give you a better view of your blind spot, as it will make it easier for you to look over your shoulder.
Ultimately, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while behind the wheel, and this includes checking your blind spot before making a lane change. If a driver fails to do so, and it causes and accident, the offending driver could be held liable.