According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about half of the visibility around most automobiles falls into blind spots, preventing the driver from seeing nearby vehicles. The risks can be even greater for motorcyclists, given that bikes are smaller than passenger cars. Accordingly, it’s important for motorcyclists to know those blind spots so they can avoid them and use strategies to increase their visibility.
Virtually every passenger vehicle or truck has some blind spots, even vehicles with more window space or larger sideview and rearview mirrors. As a general rule, the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. Typical blind spots include:
The best strategy is to know where blind spots are located and consciously avoid them. Keep a safe distance behind other motorists, whenever possible.
However, there may be times where you have no choice but to go into a blind spot. If so, you can improve your visibility by:
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