Nearly half of drivers say their car has a dangerous blind spot
Many drivers will feel this painful feeling when changing lanes on the highway or pulling out of a parking space when they are about to cause a collision because another vehicle or road user behind them has been hidden by a blind spot.
A new survey by the AA showed that 44 per cent of drivers believe their car has a dangerous blind spot.
Road safety statistics show that this is becoming an increasing problem, with nearly 1,000 accidents occurring in 2022 caused by motorists who blamed their cars’ blind spot.
Almost half of drivers (44%) have a serious blind spot in their car, with one in five (22%) having a blind spot over the shoulder.
Of those drivers who say their car has a dangerous blind spot, just over a third (35 percent) have been involved in a collision or a near-miss due to their limited vision.
Blind spots are caused by an obstructed windshield or door pillar, or by the wipers not clearing the entire windshield.
With modern cars needing to meet ever-increasing safety standards, door pillars in particular have become thicker to improve crumple zones that protect the occupants inside in a crash.
The downside to this is that it restricts some drivers’ visibility – especially when performing an over-the-shoulder check when changing lanes or exiting intersections and side roads.
More than a fifth (22%) of drivers surveyed by the motoring group said they experience a blind spot peeking over their shoulder, either caused by a side pillar next to their head or directly behind them, and a further five say the windshield pillar creates a major blind spot problem.
These blind spots can have serious consequences.
Government statistics from 2022 recorded 17 deaths Road collisions Where the blind spot was a contributing factor.
There were 929 collisions resulting in injuries, 1.8 percent of which resulted in deaths.
This was the last year the statistics were recorded, and worryingly the numbers were at their highest level in five years.
Blind spots that restrict drivers’ vision have been a factor in 63 road deaths and more than 1,100 serious injuries over the past five years, the AA reports.
One in 10 drivers surveyed had a fork or near miss in a parking spot due to their blind spot
Tim Rankin, managing director of the AA’s Accident Assist, offers a bleak view of recent crash data.
“Over the past five years, blind spots that restrict drivers’ vision have been a factor in 63 road deaths and more than 1,100 serious injuries,” he says.
“It is clear that most drivers know where their visibility outside their vehicle is limited, but the threat of failing to detect another road user remains significant.
“Distraction, information overload in crowded driving environments and just a ‘bad day’ may result in a driver not being as diligent as they are in checking where they know they are partially blind.”
Weather-dependent blind spots are a particularly critical problem because they come and go.
About 6% of survey participants said that they have a blind spot on the windshield on the front passenger side during heavy rain and snow.
Likewise, 5 percent suffer from the same problem due to road dirt in winter.
When it comes to the driver’s side of the windshield, 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively, have the same problems.
With more than one in 10 cracks occurring in a car park, it’s clear that blind spots can be a real dangerous event at slow speeds, especially for pedestrians.
How Blind Spot Assist can help prevent accidents
Blind Spot Assist is part of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It monitors the area behind and directly adjacent to the car to detect potential collisions and intervene to prevent them
A small warning like this red triangle, usually accompanied by a noise alert, will let the driver know there is a vehicle or hazard in their blind spot.
For several years, new cars have been launched equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which are part of Autonomous driving Technique. These are safety systems designed to increase driver safety.
ADAS uses cameras and sensors to detect potential collisions and alert the driver.
This could include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and collision warnings.
The most applicable here is the blind spot assist function.
Blind Spot constantly monitors the area behind and adjacent to your car. It usually reaches 10 feet in area.
The assistance system will then actively intervene and apply the vehicle’s brakes and steering to prevent a collision.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and America’s Highway Loss Data Institute found that blind-spot warning technology provided a 23 percent reduction in lane-change crashes with injuries.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also noted a 14 percent lower crash involvement rate for vehicles equipped with blind spot monitoring compared to the same models without it.
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