Blind spots are large areas around your vehicle that you can’t see by just looking forward or checking your mirrors.
The major blind spots for a car are located along each side slightly behind the driver. Sometimes there are others depending on the vehicle.
You can minimise the blind spots for your car by adjusting the side mirrors so that the sides of your vehicle are just out of sight. You can also find out if there are any hazards by doing a shoulder check.
A shoulder check is a simple, quick glance over your shoulder through your side windows.
You should always check your blind spots when:
- You want to pull out of a kerb.
- Before you enter or leave a parallel-parking space.
- Before and during a U-turn or a 3-point turn.
- Before you merge with other traffic.
- Before you change lanes – including when you overtake another car.
- Before turning if there is a chance another vehicle could have moved into your blind spot.
- When reversing or backing out of a driveway.