Car blind spots and safe driving

The blind spot is the area of the road that that is not visible from either the side or rear-view mirrors. For this reason the blind spot can be extremely dangerous and can result in a serious car accident should the driver neglect to learn where it is and how and when to check it.

So where is the blind spot?

The blind spot is usually at the rear left and right sides of your vehicle, which is an area often not covered by the standard internal and external mirrors. The biggest blind spot is over the driver's right shoulder, between the edge of where your peripheral vision ends and the area not covered by the side mirror. The left hand side blind spot is smaller, but should still be checked when driving.

When should I check the blind spot?

Your blind spot should always be checked before moving off from a stationary position, overtaking, or in fact making any move that involves a change of direction. The only way to effectively achieve this is to physically turn your head and visually check this area before making a manoeuvre. Checking blind spots should become a habit rather than an afterthought for anyone wanting to drive safely and avoid a car accident.

Can you eliminate a blind spot?

You can partially eliminate a blind spot by using convex or fisheye mirrors. These small mirrors are very inexpensive and are attached to the side mirrors of your car. These mirrors have a fish eye effect, giving a wider view than regular mirrors. Even if you have these mirrors it is still advisable not to rely on them entirely, it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you have been been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Please give us a call on 02392 484 244 , and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.

No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a comparable replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a comparable replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury