|Posted by wajid ali on October 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM|
When driving, it's important to be aware of what's around you at all times. The mirrors help with that but even if they are adjusted properly, they won't show you what's in your blind spots.
Major blind spots are located to the left and right of your vehicle just behind your normal field of forward vision. Trucks have two other blind spots directly to the front and rear.
A shoulder check is essential to see properly what is in the blind spots, but first the mirrors have to be adjusted correctly. Remember, you don't need to see the side of your car. Adjust them slightly outside that point. And when shoulder checking, avoid turning your head all the way around. It's dangerous because it takes your eyes off of the road in front of you.
To shoulder check properly, turn your head until your chin reaches your shoulder, then glance to the side towards the rear. This should be done fairly quickly.
A good driver will also stay clear of another's blind spots.