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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Car Safety Guide – What is Blind Spot Monitoring?

    No matter how well-designed your car is, there is still going to be a blind spot, an area of space surrounding your vehicle which is invisible whether you turn your head or use your mirrors. Blind spot monitoring (sometimes called BSD for blind spot detection) uses cameras to pick up any vehicle or obstacle in your blind spot and give you a warning, either audible, as a flashing light or a vibration of the steering wheel. Unlike many car safety features, BSM can be added well after manufacture and there are a number of self-fit systems on the market. The most basic is the parking monitor which simply measures distances from bumper to obstacle, but they go right up into some very sophisticated technology. Sensitivity varies with some systems claiming they can spot a bicycle (with its very narrow profile) although of course it is not often one is overtaken by a bicycle! Even so, it is very impressive and Blind Spot Monitoring systems have been proven to be a great help in accident prevention. Most systems only warn you if your own manoeuvre at the time is likely to cause a collision, so your dashboard is not constantly lit up with flashing lights.

    An elegant solution to an old problem

    All cars have blind spots and they are often slightly different in different models of car, depending on the positioning of windows, mirrors and even the height of the vehicle. Everyone has seen the signs on trucks ‘If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you’ and this is a timely reminder to every driver that vision is not perfect from any vehicle. Whether your car has BSM or not, accidents caused by side swiping are often serious and constant vigilance when changing lanes is a priority when driving, especially at speed.

    AAH are recommended by the top consumer watchdog

    There are a large number of compensation claim companies around these days, but Accident Advice Helpline is the only one who has consumer champion Esther Rantzen as a patron. She has always had the interests of anyone who has been disadvantaged by someone else’s actions at heart and she is very proud to be the face of Accident Advice Helpline because she is convinced that what we provide is a service which is fair and honest and is in the interests of anyone who has been injured in an accident that is someone else’s fault.

    Date Published: June 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    Category: Car accident claims

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