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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 04:49 PM
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my ex had a natural blind spot, she couldn't see the first 2 digits on a price tag I do hope we are not talking about macular degeneration blind spots

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 08:53 PM
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I had a big blind spot 14 months ago. The entire right eye went blind. Monthly shots in the eye ball and then two months ago, laser surgery and I'm see just fine. I had an anual exam in January and the doc said the vision in the right is better than it was 7 years ago. So I'm down the road again and watching the BP and stress a lot closer.
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Everyone has a natural blind spot but it is not large enough to block view of a scooter. Your brain stitches everything together to where we don't know the spot exists. When I was in the service no one ever spoke of blind spots except when on night observation posts without night vision goggles. Since the surrounding area was dark to the naked eye there is nothing there for the brain to knit together so it is imperative to keep moving your eyes so that the effect of the blind spot is negated. Once there is sufficient light at daybreak the effect of the blind spot is of no concern. There are blind spots in my truck, particularly the "A" pillar on the drivers side that is wide enough to conceal a vehicle as little as 20 ft away. I have to be particularly careful about turning left into an intersection at certain angles can conceal an vehicle entering the intersection from the left for scores of yards. I have on occasion cut a corner too close and found myself head up on a car that has stopped In the intersection. A quick pull of the wheel to the right prevents the collision. The vehicle wasn't there when I entered the intersection but was closing on the intersection at the perfect rate to keep it hidden behind the pillar as I looked to the left. It is embarrassing to say the very least and appear, I'm sure, to others that I'm not paying attention. I need to resist the dangerous practice of cutting corners and using part of the oncoming lane of the side street to sneak in ahead of oncoming cars. People do it all the time but it's really dangerous.
Recently, one of our chapter members pulled up to a stop sign and was run over head on by a car turning left. The driver claimed she didn't see the motorcyclist until it was too late to avoid the collision. I have no doubt she simply lost the bike in the wide "a" pillar on her SUV and never saw it. That would have been ok if she had not cut the corner crossing into the lane where the motorcycle was. With manufacturers perusing more stringent crash standards to make the vehicles safer for the occupants the roof pillars have gotten so massive they decrease your ability to avoid collisions by creating huge blind spots no one notices until they smack someone.

If you don't Believe me go out and sit in a late model vehicle and look over at the "A" pillar and you will be astounded how much of your view to obstructs.

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DO NOT SWEAT the Natural Blind Spot, It does not affect your normal vision. You would not even be noticing it, if it had not been brought up in this forum. Just continue Ride defensively as you have, being sure to look both ways, yielding or stopping where required.

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