Know blind spots to pre­vent road ac­ci­dents: ROP

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Shad­dad al Musalmy

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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