Adjusting for Blindspots Cont'd
Left Side of Vehicle:
- Your teacher stands behind the vehicle where he/she can be seen from the left side mirror.
- Your parent walks to the left until you can no longer see him/her.
- The student driver looks over his or her shoulder to locate the parent. Looking over the shoulder is the most critical factor in compensating for blind spots. Note that motorcyclists can zip in and out of blind-spots; even a semi-trailer can be hidden in this area.
Right Side of Vehicle:
- Your instructor stands behind the vehicle, where he/she can be seen from the inside rearview mirror, moving to the right until he/she can no longer be seen from the inside mirror.
- If the vehicle has an outside right mirror, you signal when you can see your instructor through that mirror.
- Once your parent is visible from the right outside mirror, or if your vehicle does not have an outside right mirror, continue until your parent cannot be seen through any mirror. This area where you cannot be seen is the right-side blind spot. Now, look over your shoulder to locate your instructor.
Remember, looking over the shoulder is the best way to compensate for blind spots to the side.
Adjust the side mirrors out by 15 degrees, repeat the exercise and show that the mirror blind spot is dramatically reduced.
To compensate for the front and rear blind spots, the driver must check the front before pulling forward from a parking spot and ALWAYS CHECK BEHIND THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE BEFORE BACKING OUT OF A PARKING SPOT OR DRIVEWAY.
A quick check before entering the vehicle is the way to be sure all is clear. Many pets, toys and tragically, even children themselves, have met their fate behind a backing vehicle.