At ADoNA, we have had the privilege of being quoted and mentioned in newspapers and on news programs around the world, and it’s always a pleasure. On this occasion, however, we have found a Canadian article from three years ago (July 2014), in Toronto’s Globe and Mail, which uses our data to open the piece, and we didn’t even know about it until now.
Presumably quoting from the earlier version of our now completely re-written website, the article starts:
“Eddie Wren says there are 11 blind spots on a typical sedan and 13 on most SUVs and minivans.
“And that, according to the president of Advanced Drivers of America who is a former highway patrol officer from Britain, doesn’t even include things that are hidden from the view ahead of the hood, below the trunk or tailgate or below window level….”
And that is entirely accurate; nothing was lost in the transcribing! (For the sharp-eyed amongst you, we didn’t add the word “North” to our business name until 2016.)
The title of the article was Shining a Light on a Vehicle’s Blind Spot, by Joanne Will, but strangely — having acknowledged the existence of at least 11 blind spots on a car — she then goes on to write as though there are only two, thus unwittingly perpetuating a common but dangerous myth.
The article was about the fact that “auto makers have been equipping some vehicles with blind spot warning systems since 2007.” But guess what? Those auto makers’ relevant technologies only monitor two blind spots, too!
Anyway, the good news is that any of your staff who attend ADoNA defensive driving or advanced driving courses will go away afterwards knowing exactly where the typical 11-14 blind spots are on any vehicle and how to avoid potentially tragic incidents which result from a momentary loss of view. Oh, and they will also be protecting themselves better through accurate mirror use, too, rather than having an over-reliance on technology that can vary significantly from one vehicle to another, or that might not even exist on another.