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Are You Blind To Backup Danger?

Drivaware and Safe4Kids Tests Show Larger Vehicles Have Larger Blind Spots

If you have a sport utility vehicle, it is probably because they are big and you believe they're safer than other vehicles. But Drivaware and Safe4Kids News has uncovered some information about a safety issue that affects virtually every vehicle on the road. When you back your vehicle up, you look in the rearview mirror, and it is easy to see if an adult is in the way. But what if a small child is standing there? Statistics show that 28,000 children were taken to emergency rooms last year when they were run over by a vehicle backing up. Before you get behind the wheel, you'd better know more about your vehicle's blind spot. Robin Giglio's 22-month-old son Hayden, somehow got behind the family SUV as they were backing away from his grandparents' house. "I relive the accident every day," Giglio said. "Hayden ran behind the car and I couldn't see him at all and I hit him." Drivaware and Safe4Kids's Investigators went to a supermarket parking lot and placed orange cones the size of a small child behind some vehicles that were backing out. The people in the vehicles checked their mirrors and took their time backing up, but they couldn't see the cone because of the blind spot. If it had been a child, he or she could have been seriously injured, if not killed. With the help of John Long of AAA Mid-Atlantic, Drivaware and Safe4Kids set up a blind spot demonstration with Alexis and Annemarie volunteering to be the drivers. Cones were placed directly behind different cars, vans, pickups and SUVs. In an older-model Toyota Corolla, Alexis didn't spot the cone until it was moved 9.5 feet behind her. However, Annemarie spotted it sooner -- after 8 feet 3 inches. Why was there a difference with the exact same car? Annemarie is 8 inches taller than Alexis. The shorter you are, the harder it is to spot things when you back up. In the demonstration, Drivaware and Safe4Kids discovered that the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. With a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the blind spot was over 20 feet 5 inches. The Ford Windstar's blind spot was about 25 feet and the Land Rover had a 36-foot blind spot. Drivaware and Safe4Kids found out it was even worse when the blind spot was directly behind the spare tire and the middle seat headrest. Alexis couldn't see the cone for over 182 feet -- that's over half the length of a football field. You can reduce your blind spot, Long said. "In the third seat of a passenger van, put it down in the resting position and it will give you somewhat greater visibility as you look over your shoulder," Long said. Many vehicles have sensors that beep when something is close. You can also reduce your blind spot by raising your power seat to let you see at a greater angle. If you don't have a power seat make sure you turn around and lift yourself up as much as possible -- that always reduced the blind spot in tests by AAA Mid-Atlantic. You should also always make sure you look behind the vehicle before getting in and hit the horn briefly to warn anybody who might be in your blind spot.

Ditch Your Stick-on Convex Blind Spot Mirrors Today

Stop Distorting Your Rearview and Compromising Your Side Mirror Vieweing Space

Drivaware has come up with something useful: the LaneFX , a controller that connects your power mirrors to your turn signals, so that when you signal (you do signal before you turn, right?), your mirrors swivel outward to show your blind spot. Hey, if this keeps just one cyclist out of the hospital, I'm happy.

Generally speaking, larger vehicles have larger rear blind spots. For example, the blind spot behind a typical sedan could only hide a small animal, while the blind spot of an SUV can hide small children, resulting in as many as 50 children being killed by reversing SUVs each year. The blind spot behind tractor trailers can contain entire vehicles, which is one reason many trucks carry warnings not to follow too close, such as "if you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you." This is partly because the driver's position is higher in a tractor-trailer.

Larger vehicles also have much larger front and side blind spots. Tractor-trailers have not only large rear quarter blind spots, but also a large blind spot directly to their left and to their front-right.

There are a number of products available to consumers to deal with the blind spot problem. Convex mirrors, often called "spot mirrors" can bring blind spots into view, but their optical properties impart a great deal of distortion so as to make it difficult to judge distances. Newer technologies using aspheric mirrors allows the blind spots to be virtually eliminated while minimizing distortion.

More than 2,400 children are accidentally backed-up over each year in the U.S.

And of those, more than 100 die. With the proliferation of SUVs and mini-vans, drivers aren't aware of the enormous rear view blind spots that prevent them from seeing what's behind them, especially small objects, animals, people, and children. Some of these blind spots are even greater than the length of an average driveway! Senators Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and John Sununu (R-New Hampshire) have recently proposed legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue regulations aimed at reducing accidents that frequently kill or injure children in cars. But until that legislation is passed, it's up to the driver to protect their loved-ones and prevent a tragedy by using a Park Assist system or a backup camera.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 2,767 people were treated in emergency rooms from July 2000 through June 2001 because of backovers. "This is a huge problem," Fennell said. "A lot of [the problem] is due to the change in our vehicle mix" that has more people driving tall-profile vehicles, she said.

Indeed, Fennell's research indicates that "in 60 percent of the [backover] cases, it's a truck, van or SUV that's involved," Fennell said. The reduced rearward visibility is caused by the design and tall profile of SUVs, pickup trucks and even vans.

The top edge of the tailgates and liftgates in these vehicles typically sits high and so do the vehicles themselves. This means that unaware children and small-stature adults and anything not tall enough to be visible in the rear window glass might be run over as the vehicle is backing up.

Consumers can choose from a wider range of aftermarket vehicle-backup systems since our last report, including new and improved designs.

All such systems are intended to help drivers detect objects within the blind spot behind the vehicle.

New are camera systems such as the Audiovox and ParkFX we tested that offer a “picture in the mirror” feature. The display is on a mirror that fits on top of or replaces the existing rear-view mirror, so you don’t have to choose between looking at the display and at the rear-view mirror while backing up. ParkFX also combines a camera with an audible sensor, so you can see and hear potential trouble. We would like to see more backup warning systems on the market that combine camera and sensor technologies.

Backup systems are typically marketed as parking aids, not safety equipment. But our tests show that the camera models can also help drivers avoid backover-accident injuries and fatalities.

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Defensive Driving: Self-Study Program
Teach driver safety to your own employees onsite, in about 90 minutes, with the National Safety Council’s NEW Defensive Driving Course (DDC) Self-Study Program. Based on our proven effective Defensive Driving Course, it’s perfect for individual motorists or fleet drivers unable to attend regular DDC classes. Special Offer During National Safety Month!

New 5-Minute Safety Talks Available Now!
Available exclusively to members of the National Safety Council, Safety Talks provide a year's worth of topics for your monthly safety meetings! Bulletin boards, rule books, signs and posters are all great ways to present your safety messages, but there's no substitute for straight talk! That's why we've developed two collections of sixteen 5-Minute Safety Talks, each with English and Spanish text. You can purchase the sets individually, or as a combo set at a discounted price during National Safety Month.

Defensive Driving On-line Training
The National Safety Council now offers four online training options tailored to fit your budget and your employees' schedule. Based on their classroom counterparts, these online programs use state-of-the-art animation, video, narration, and interactive screens to teach your employees defensive driving techniques.


Virtual Defensive Driving Course
The new Virtual Defensive Driving Course (Virtual DDC) from NSC and Raydon combines the proven defensive driving course curriculum with actual behind-the-wheel driving time in a simulated environment. This virtual driving instruction allows drivers to gain important insight AND experience in potentially hazardous situations.


Teen Driver
This guide to teen driver safety assists families in understanding and managing the journey their teens will travel from beginner to independent driver. The guide takes years of scientific data and translates it into practical information for parents and teens to use in reducing teen crash risk.


Safety 24/7
This FREE CD-ROM contains a wealth of information on safety and health issues that impact people of all ages – children to older adults – in a variety of settings – at work, on the road, in homes, and in the community. The SHP Center receives funding from various federal agencies which allows it to develop programs and materials to offer to the public. The resources available on the Safety 24-7 CD-ROM offer solutions that are designed to help you make a difference.

 

Better than some automakers "detectors"

LaneFX actually shows you what's lurking in your blind spot!

  1. Change lanes safely: Always use your turn signal before changing lanes or merging into highway traffic lanes. Turn signal aftermarket power mirrors are great, but they still don't give you complete coverage of the cars in your blind spot.
  2. LaneFX is the best automotive technology for your auto safety.
  3. Unlike some automakers' systems, Lane FX has no blinking lights, no false positives, and no learning curve. It uses what you normally use: your vehicle's side mirror!
  4. Perfect for new drivers with learner's permit. Don't take the DMV driver license test without it!
  5. Volvo XC90, S80 and Audi Q7 blind spot detectors can't match LaneFX. In each of these systems, the blinking lights in your blind spot mirrors can get very distracting.
  6. LaneScan is a good solution for semi-trucks, but for your commercial van fleet LaneFX is the clear solution because of its OEM compatibility.
  7. Lane FX Fleet Edition now available for light and medium duty commercial trucks and vans. It's preferred 2-to-1 by commercial fleet managers over the LaneScan Go Zone system.
  8. AARP: helps senior drivers avoid fatal accidents by advocating proper turn signal use and and 100% checking of senior driver's blind spot.

Make Safer Lane Changes Part of Your Daily Drive

10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Auto Collision

  1. Get a good start at intersections. This helps cut commute times for the individual as well as for countless others. Make it through one extra light and that’s an average of two minutes that isn’t wasted sitting in traffic.
  2. Don’t stop prematurely at yellow lights. Not only is it often highly dangerous (if the driver behind isn’t paying attention), it also wastes time, money and gas and promotes traffic congestion, stress and frustration.
  3. Utilize turns efficiently, especially right turns. How drivers perform turns determines how much time is wasted, and congestion is created for what can be hundreds, even thousands of drivers.
  4. At least match speeds on on-ramps and utilize the full length of the on-ramp. Merging early and failing to get up to speed on on-ramps often creates tremendous congestion, wastes time and gas and can be extremely dangerous.
  5. Let faster drivers by without slowing. This eliminates stress and they’ll likely eliminate large amounts of congestion farther ahead for you, thus saving you valuable time.
  6. Safely pass slower vehicles. Failing to swiftly and safely pass by slower vehicles — especially large vehicles such as motor homes and 18-wheelers — is the No. 1 cause of traffic congestion.
  7. Look ahead. Read traffic flow properly so that acceleration, deceleration and lane changes can be properly timed. The less often drivers have to slow down, the more fuel, time and money is saved and less traffic congestion is created.
  8. Change lanes properly. This will help prevent slowing, preferably without losing speed and without causing others to slow down.
  9. Utilize right and left turn combinations rather than sitting at red lights. Not only is gas, time and money being saved, there is less congestion at that light.

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When you activate your turn signal (or at the touch of a button), LaneFX moves your power side mirror outward to show you what's in your blind spot. It pauses briefly and then returns the mirror to its original position.

Optional ParkFX tilts one or both (your choice) downward when you put the vehicle in reverse to show you the parking boundaries around and behind your vehicle.

LaneFX is designed and tested to work on any vehicle equipped with power mirrors, even systems with a factory mirror memory function - Guaranteed.

With our patent-pending "Intelligent Install" technology, all the installer2 has to do is make a few wiring connections. When turned on for the very first time, LaneFX automatically self-learns the electrical configuration of your entire vehicle. Streamlined installations mean less cost of ownership to you.

We're so confident that once you try LaneFX, you wouldn't want to go another mile without it. If you are not satisfied for any reason, please return your LaneFX unit within the first 30 days and we will refund your entire purchase price, including shipping & handling3 - no questions asked! In addition, every LaneFX system comes with a 120-day limited warranty.

There is a point in every new LaneFX experience where the driver has an "Aha!" moment. That's the moment when LaneFX gains your trust and becomes an indispensable part of your commute. Read what current owners have to say about their own "LaneFX Moment."
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blind spot mirrors standard features
We all need a more secure solution to taking our eyes off the road in order to change lanes. US Government (NHTSA) reports indicate that 1 out of 25 collisions on America's highways is due to improper lane change1. LaneFX is safe, effective and best of all, you don't have to learn it or change anything about your driving style to use it. LaneFX now boasts suite of driver awareness and safety features. Take a look:

It's not a replacement mirror! LaneFX works with your vehicle's existing power mirror system - There's nothing to replace & no worries about fit or compatibility.

Separate Control of the Left and Right Mirrors using your turn signals or the standard LaneFX activation buttons.

"Mirror-In-Motion" LED Indicators keep you informed whenever LaneFX is moving one of your mirrors.

Fully-Customizable Mirror Movement to Fit Every Driving Style. You decide how far each mirror expands, how long it pauses when it gets there and how fast it should move altogether. All customizations can be made separately to the left and right mirror.

Safely Boost Power Mirror Movement Speeds Up to 200%4 of factory speed for maximum responsiveness.

Turn Signal Link with Two Selectable Turn Signal Modes4 (normal and sticky) to suit every driving style.

Mirror Return Override allows you to keep a mirror expanded for as long as you need (most useful in highway merge situations).

Mirror Return Accuracy Technology ensures that your mirror always return to their original position, even after repeated use.

ParkFX - Curb Exposure & Park Assist System4 tilts you mirrors down when you put your vehicle in reverse to show you the parking boundaries around you.

Large Menu-Based LCD Screen to enter all of your customization preferences -- no complicated dials or dip switches anywhere!

Instant Web Upgrades. You can unlock optional features instantly using the internet well after you've purchased and installed your LaneFX system.

"Intelligent Installs" Technology allows LaneFX (once wiring is connected) to self-learn the electrical configuration of your vehicle automatically. This reduces installation time and your cost of ownership.

Fully-Reversible Standard Installations5 take the worry out of installing LaneFX even in leased vehicles.

Available Multi-Vehicle Kit allows you to use one LaneFX unit in multiple vehicles.

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Ready to install with all hardware included - nothing more to buy5
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0 LaneFX demo shown does not represent the full suite of LaneFX features and functions.
1 US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2002a Fatal Accident Reporting System data.
2 Professional installation highly recommended.
3 Full refund guarantee is available only on installed LaneFX systems. If unit was never installed in a vehicle, a 20% restocking fee will be assessed.
4 Optional features available on select LaneFX Editions or as standalone upgrades.
5 Non-custom installations only.