Know blind spots to prevent road accidents: ROP
The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has advised road users to be cautious while changing lanes. One cause of car accidents that continues to go unnoticed by a majority of drivers is blind spots.
Most accidents occurring due to blind spots happen when drivers switch lanes or turn in a lane assuming the space is clear.
While there is no way to prevent car accidents caused by blind spots, there are safety tips drivers can follow to red- uce the risk of being in a car accident. “Blind spot accidents can be avoided with a little extra cau- tion and alertness by adjusting the rear view mirror to frame the rear view window and adjusting the left and right side mirrors correctly,” an ROP official said.
While adjusting rear view and side mirrors can prevent blind spot accidents, it may not completely eliminate the risks. “Even if the lane looks clear in all the mirrors, drivers need to double check before manoeuvring,” the official added.
Many car accidents due to blind spots occur because it makes it difficult for a driver to see if there is a vehicle next to them or coming up quickly in the next lane.
“The last accident I met with was caused by a blind spot. I failed to see the car coming on my left as I was trying to change lane and I ended up bumping into the other car. No one was injured but the car was badly damaged which cost me a lot,” said Qais al Saidi, one of many victims owing to a lack of blind spot knowledge.
All vehicles have blind spots with most drivers having difficulty seeing everything that is behind or on the side of their vehicles.
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