Blind Spots and How Drivers Can Eliminate Them

Written by John

On June 10, 2020
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Blind spots affect all of us. There is no getting around it. Our eyes have a blind spot at around 20 degrees each. This is because we do not have photo receptor cells on the optic nerve at the back of the eye covering the area that send visual images to the brain.The consequence of Blind Spots are  being compensated by these two things:

  • The other eye’s peripheral vision sees the missing detail.
  • The brain makes up or fills in what it believes to be there.

These blind spots can automatically give us problems when driving, here is an example:

You are at a junction and you are not looking and turning your head to look, you are at risk of not seeing narrow objects such as a cyclist or motorbike, it could even be something larger, but they are in your blind spot.

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How many times have these been said:

I was at the junction, and the bike just came out of nowhere!
He was not there a second ago!

How to stay safe and work with blinds spots:

  • Simply understand blind spots
  • Ensure you take more than just a glance at junctions
  • Actually move your head when you look
  • Take an extra second
  • Make sure you are seeing and not just looking

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