Most people often forget to check their mirrors before making a turn or change their lane in India. Even worse, many people do not even keep their ORVMs open while driving or riding. Here is an example that shows how dangerous it can become to drive with the mirror closed or not checking them often.
What happened here?
This short video shows a fast-moving automatic scooter on an empty stretch on road crashing into a Maruti WagonR. The car was in the extreme left lane and it turned suddenly to make a U-Turn without any signal or indicator.
The scooter crashed against the car’s bonnet and the rider was thrown away. The accident was a cause of negligence by both the car driver and the scooter rider. While the car driver turned sharply without any indicator, the scooter rider was speeding on an empty stretch.
We are not sure about the injuries that the rider suffered but he was without a helmet and after being thrown by the impact, he must have sustained painful injuries. The car driver stopped for help and check upon the person. This video shows grave dangers of not using mirrors, even if you’re on an empty stretch of road.
Why should you always check mirrors?
Mirrors give you a clear picture of what is happening behind you. Vehicles move at a fast pace and if you are not careful, accidents can happen. Checking mirrors every now and then. As a starting rule, keep a gap of 5 seconds to glance all the three mirrors quickly. It becomes a habit over time and you will not even notice that you subconsciously check the mirrors every now and then. This keeps you aware of the surroundings.
- Always check mirrors before changing lane.
- If you’re on an empty stretch, check mirrors for fast moving vehicles behind you.
- Always check mirrors before making a turn.
- Mirrors should be checked before you take your vehicle from a road-side parking.
- Always check for vehicles in the blind spot. If you see a vehicle in the mirror and cannot see it anymore, the chances are it is in the vehicle’s blind spot.