Get Out Of The Blind Spot!

If you watched the preceding video you note that some people cannot see what is right in front of them, how do you expect them to see you in their blind spot? Do you want to continue living your life of driving along our streets and freeways? Then quit driving in another drivers blind spot. You would be amazed how many drivers will motor along mile after mile locked into another motorists blind spot. It is like they are tempting fate to see how long before the other motorist makes a move that will create a dangerous situation. It is also a good way to end up with the final license revocation.

I have been driving since I was twelve years old. Had my license by 15, and had my first motorcycle before that. One of the first things I learned was how to dodge other motorists that failed to see me while driving my motorcycle. Back then (over 40 years ago) traffic was no where near as crowded as it is today and not nearly as dangerous. By the time I was 16 I was driving trucks and tractor-trailer rigs loaded with agricultural supplies for delivery to local customers and I learned something new. People just do not pay attention to the fact that they are not able to be seen by trucks and other motorists because they have positioned their vehicle right in the other driver’s blind spot.

A blind spot is that area the driver cannot see by use of his mirrors or blocked from view due to his vehicle style. Big trucks have a major blind spot created by the inability to see anything too close to the rear of their truck or too close to the front of their truck under their mirrors. All vehicles have blind spots, varying in degree by the design of the vehicle and all drivers have blind spots varying in degree by their level of attention to the road.

Years ago I was driving a loaded set of “doubles” (Big Truck towing two trailers) when a Highway Patrolman that was trying to follow a suspected drunk driver decided to use my rig as his cover to get close to the suspected drunk driver. My passenger side mirror was out of alignment  just enough to create a blind spot from the end of my first trailer forward to the front of my truck. He positioned his vehicle at a point where I could see his headlight glow, but not his actual headlights nor distinguish his vehicle due to the darkness of the night and color of his car. I felt there was a vehicle there but could not see it and the Highway Patrolman unaware of my inability to see him continued matching my speed to observe the other motorist. I wobbled my trailers, I sped up, I slowed down, I turned on my turn signal, and finally out of desperation flicked a lit cigarette out of my passenger window to land on the Highway Patrolman’s hood before I pulled my truck to the right so I would be in the lane I needed to be in. The result was I scared the crap out of both myself and the Highway Patrolman by changing lanes almost pushing the Highway Patrolman of the road with my truck. Of course he pulled me over to ascertain if I was trying to kill him or not. Some very apologetic fast talking and an officer assisted mirror adjustment got me out of that situation but it could have ended up much worse. The moral to my story, get out of the blind spot if you want to stay alive.

When you are driving down the road and realize that you are in another vehicles blind spot or you are in a vehicles blind spot as it merges into your lane. MOVE! Seriously, just move! In order for the other motorist to stay out of your way, he has to see you. So move your vehicle to a position where he can see you. A safe bet, is to either be where you can see the other driver in his rear view mirrors or slightly ahead of him while driving beside him. Actually, the best spot is at least 12 seconds in front of him, but that just is not an option all the time.

Today, I drive a motorcycle on California’s highways. During rush hours I dodge other vehicles all the time and shoot the center of the lanes as though my own private commute lane to travel in hopes of not getting to become a statistic for some Department Of Vehicles annual report. California’s highways are crowded, traveled by millions of people that tend to become absorbed in their own individual fantasies while driving that do not see anything that is not right in their face. Most will not see a big truck if it is in their blind spot, none will notice a small car or motorcycle in their blind spot. The only defense you have to ensure they do not move to a position harmful to you, is by you moving from their blind spot.

It matters little what you do. Speed up, slow down, or get in front of him. But, get out of his blind spot. DO NOT match speed with the other motorist while driving in his blind spot. That will likely cause him to believe that nothing is there at all, leading him to believe that he can move in that direction without issue. If you cannot see the other motorist in his mirrors, he cannot see you. Move so he can see you.

I planned to make my mark upon this world by doing something of significance for which I would be remembered through the passage of time. You do not need to remember my name for my success to be achieved. Just remember to get out of the blind spot so you can live another day and my goal will have been reached. Oh, as is true with most stories, there is the other side . . . The rest of you, watch your damn mirrors because I am trying to get out of your blind spot before you run me over!

Have a wonderful day . . .

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