Wednesday, September 02, 2020

One of the first rules we hear, when learning how to drive, is to always keep your eyes on the road. While technically that is true, drivers really should be constantly shifting your eyes back and forth from the windshield to the side mirrors (right and left), to the rearview mirror. Knowing what is going on beside and behind the vehicle is just as important as knowing what is happening up ahead. Using the side mirrors will allow the driver to:

  • Know if there are vehicles sitting in the blind spots.
  • Watch for emergency vehicles, which may require the driver to slow down and switch lanes to give them the space they need to pass.
  • Keep an eye out for aggressive drivers.

Drivers shift their eyes to help them judge exactly what is happening on the road ahead of or beside the vehicle. Good drivers constantly scan their surroundings.