akirk wrote: ancient wrote:
gannet wrote:something else I've noticed as a cyclist is blind spot warning lights in the wing mirrors of cars I'm overtaking... how long before drivers of these become reliant on that little red/amber light and stops doing shoulder checks? Then having problems in cars without them...
Apparently there are blind spot warning lights on the (lease) car I'll be picking up in October. My reaction on being told what this system did, was "That is interesting. I've always wondered where the blind spots are with properly set mirrors and a willingness to actually look"; I guess I'll be finding out
come and drive my z3 with the hood up
huge blind spots which could swallow a 38 tonner!
you can adjust the mirrors as much as you like, but...
having said that, with the hood down visibility is fantastic - and with the hood up you definitely have to build a picture of what is going on, and practise your observation
I used to drive (passed IAM test in) an MGA convertable, so I know precisely what you mean
. No option (AFAIK) to retrofit this technology into cars of that era though (after market mirrors, yes and some are period correct) and modern cars would be better just fitting decent mirrors shirley
On my Skoda estate when first delivered, I tried to find a blind spot: I placed a 4x4 timber upright by the rear wheel = visible in the mirrors, then moved it 4" at a time away from the car until I could see it in my peripheral vision when checking the mirror. Pillars etc on the nearside lost it occasionally, but it was still visible in the mirror until more than a lane width away. Offside it was never lost to sight.
Behind the car is of course another matter (new car has reversing camera, which I last used in a Prius); with the Skoda I have to use side mirrors to check when reversing along narrow lanes, but cannot find those elusive (illusive
?) side blind spots. They must exist on some vehicles but better mirror design should be the priority (IMO).