Category: Driving

Sep 12

When merging with traffic and making lane changes, even the most flexible of us don’t always look over our shoulders to see if the coast is clear. That puts us – and everyone else on the road – at risk.

Reasonably priced, easily attachable, blind-spot mirrors give us the solution.

Blind-Spot MirrorOutside your car, mount this durable ABS plastic mirror above or below your driver-side and/or passenger-side mirror. The view is 2.5 times wider than your factory-installed mirrors, letting you see sidewalks and curbs easily. The German-made optics are curved to reduce glare.

Choose Standard (shown above) for cars and Large for SUVs, trucks and vans. Mounts easily with a mini-wrench, which is included, and your screwdriver. A perfect task for Mr. 7 Hands!

Inside Blind-Spot MirrorInside your car, simply clip this 15-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ mirror over your existing rear-view mirror. Nothing to install. Fits even large SUVs.

It’s so wide, you will know at a glance if there’s anyone in the blind spot of your car.

Jul 3

More than 60 percent of light trucks tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have been found to provide inadequate protection against neck injuries in a rear-end crash, the most common type of accident.

“Any given day, you’re more likely to need a good head restraint to protect you from a neck injury than you are an air bag to protect you in a head-on crash,” said David S. Zuby, a senior vince president of the Insurance Institute.

Only one pickup truck, the 2007 Toyota Tundra, received the highest rating of good in the rear-end crash tests.

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Jun 8

Hybrid cars are quiet – too quiet for blind people trying to cross a street. Michael Osborn, a blind marketing consultant from Laguna Beach, Calif., and his guide dog, Hastings, were in the middle of an intersection when Hastings stopped short.

Osborn took the cue and halted just in time to feel the breeze from a car passing right in front of them, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Half an inch and it would have hit us. It wasn’t making any noise,” says Osborn, 50, who has been blind for 12 years.

Witnesses say the car was a Toyota Prius, a hybrid vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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