Saturday, 10 May 2014

Blind Spot

A blind spot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls. Under absolutely no circumstances should you attempt to cross. If there is any doubt about oncoming traffic or other vehicles obscure your vision of the road ahead, wait til the road ahead is clear before you start across. 
Never overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe. 


Motorist ought to fully alert of a possible dangerous situation in and around school zones.

On my way home from work one evening, I happen to witness an accident involving motorcycle and a car. Just ahead of me, the driver of a large Hyundai Grand Starex Royale stopped at the entrance to the Mantin Fire Station.

He decided to slow down traffic to give way to a vehicle on the other lane.

An opportunity presents itself to allow a car driven by a parent of student to turn into the driveway entrance to Fire Station.
Hyundai Starex  has a large body bigger than Naza Ria., you get a big spacious MPV with a sliding car doors.

In some countries like the U.S. there is a specific regulation that says, "No person shall make a U-turn in front of the driveway entrance or approaches to a fire station. No person shall use the driveway entrance or approaches to a fire station for the purpose of turning a vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction."
No person shall stop, park or leave a vehicle unattended  ...   A summons has been issued for a woman who parking right in front of a driveway entrance to a fire station. How did she pass her Highway Code?

  On the contrary, this regulation does not apply here. It is common practise among parents who have fetch their kids from school to drive inside the compound to make a U-turn back to main road.

However, there are risks involved with unseen dangers abound.

 Here's what happens next. When the car proceed to change lane, she make a right turn towards the Fire Station compound. She was unaware at the same time, a motorcycle appears to be travelling fast at the same direction on the roadside lane. In hindsight, of course they were on collision course!

The driver cannot see other vehicles coming from a blind spot angle, she doesn't have the the luxury of looking ahead of her usual rear view or side mirror. Unlike a lorry or van who got the height advantage that allows better visibility so the driver can see in to traffic easier than smaller cars.

 The driver cannot see the ground  from the side of the truck on the driver’s side. Stay Out of a Truck's Blind Spots


 The truck driver narrowly misses the car when the car driver tried to overtake. Trucks have large blind spots situation, there might not be enough room for them to avoid a collision.


Before moving off you should use all mirrors to check the road is clear; look round to check the blind spots.  If you glance quickly over your left shoulder to double-check,  you can see at a motorcycle approaching in your lane but the other  vehicles going in from the opposite direction won't able to see till  make a left turn.


When both oncoming vehicles comes into view, it was a case of too little, too late. The inevitable happened.
Crash! Bang! Kaboom!



Same illustration except the one showing motorcycle is replace by car and the b- is replace by the motorcycle. 





Fortunately, somehow the motorcyclist managed to apply the emergency brake, as this will slow the motorcycle significantly but she still crash on the car fender. She was in pain, either wrist sprains or fractured her fingers.

So who's fault would this accident fall on?

A- The motorcyclist for not slowing down, violations of speed limit in a school zone.
B- The Hyundai Grand Starex Royale, if you want to be kind try not to give way to the car on the opposite of the lane as the MPV vehicle is huge, it block both the view of those involve in this accident.
'Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind'. If you must you have to swerve more on the right side to give the car a better view.
C- The car should not even think about making this turn, out of convenience. Make safety a reality and don't be a fatality.

We should view on coming traffic like the movie 'Premium Rush' , He’s a calculated risk taker as we see in some of the movie’s intriguing CGI explanations of his thoughts while riding through a busy New York City intersection crowded with pedestrians and cars.

Let me first  assess the scenario first!

What happens if I use shortcuts?


I can swerve into the other lane.  Whoops!

Let's Just Forget About This! Reminder of a blind sight zone.  A vehicle appears from nowhere and causes crash,  it was hidden by another vehicle until too late to stop.


When you are driving, your life and the lives of the passengers, are in your hands. So be a strong advocate of calculated risk-taking. By taking less risk of shortcut, you would take a little longer but allows you to reach your destination safely and in one piece.

A wise man once said, in life if you want to reach your goals always expect the unexpected. 

True to his Word.

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