I am a huge fan of blind-spot monitoring and I might never have known about the feature.
My current vehicle does not have it, however, most of the vehicles I have been test-driving have this available on them.
Really, my car is only a few years old, but the technology is not on it and I think that it is amazing.
As I drive down the highway, I can’t help but take note of all the vehicles that have little blind-spot monitoring.
It makes me feel better driving next to them that they might take note and have a better chance at merging than in years gone by with other vehicles they might have driven.
This article will offer a quick overview of blind-spot monitoring and how it lets you lavishly live driving out loud.
Blind Spot Monitoring
In case you are unaware of what blind-spot monitoring is, let me give you a quick overview.
Blind-spot monitoring is technology that provides the driver with an electronic technology alerting them to cars they can not see in their ‘blind spots.’
In effect, the blind-spot monitoring is the guardian angel of merging/lane changing.
Vehicles equipped with blind-spot monitoring devices have sensors.
These sensors locate vehicles that are surrounding the driver’s side, rear and (sometimes available) for the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
Thus, the driver can know at all times where vehicles are and NOT cross their paths.
Blind Spot Monitoring packages vary by brand so inquire with the dealership.
The Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus
One such vehicle that offers Blind Spot monitoring is the Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus.
The vehicle is a perfect family vehicle and this feature keeps you perfectly focused on your driving task even if the kids are screaming and vying for your attention that you just can’t give.
Effectiveness of Blind Spot Monitoring
If the car you have purchased or are purchasing comes equipped with a Blind Spot Monitoring system, you will be alerted to traffic in the areas of your ‘blind spots’ in 3 possible ways:
1) the driver’s mirror (passenger side mirror if available too) will illuminate with light to share the intel with you (that there are cars in your blind-spot areas), so do NOT merge or change lanes.
2) Audible – the vehicle might alert you by a noise or a voice, or bell.
3) Vibration – the steering wheel may vibrate etc.
At the end of the day, blind-spot monitoring is all about driving as safely as possible.
I believe the only downside to the monitoring system is that some vehicles allow you the option to turn it off, which then takes away the safety of lane changing.
Keep the guardian angel on at all times and keep the blind-spot safe for you and other drivers on the road!