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Autobahn West - Providing superb car service and repairs to BMW, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Volvo and Mercedes owners since 1976

Are There Blind Spots In Mission Viejo CA?


All Mission Viejo drivers have blind spots – and no, I’m not talking about the fact that you really don’t sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can’t see when you’re driving around Mission Viejo.

First let’s talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others…

To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your pickup before you start to drive.

First, Mission Viejo drivers should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their pickup. Irvine folks don’t need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It’s pretty uncomplicated, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.

Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.

When Mission Viejo drivers adjust their mirrors this way, they’ll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second on Irvine roads and busy freeways. So it’s wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another pickup hasn’t moved into an area you couldn’t see in your mirrors.

Depending on the kind of vehicle you drive (pickup?), you may still have some blind spots. All vehicles have an area behind them that’s blind when backing up. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. A pick-up or SUV can hide a small child – an RV, bus or tractor-trailer can hide an entire vehicle. So be careful out there on our Irvine streets and in your driveway at your Mission Viejo home!

As you drive around the Irvine area, avoid staying in other motorists’ blind spots. You can’t count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.

Let’s talk about safely sharing our CA roads with heavy trucks and buses. In crashes involving a truck and car, the driver of the car is to blame for about 40 percent of the accidents. But 78 percent of the fatalities are with the car. The laws of physics are against the smaller vehicle, so it is essential for Mission Viejo drivers to take extra precautions around trucks and buses.

Heavy vehicles have huge blind spots: to the rear, on both sides and up front. They also can’t maneuver like a car. They take twice as long to stop and need twice as much space as you do in your pickup or other type of car. You need to keep wide margins when driving around one of these big rigs on Irvine area interstates.

Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle in the Irvine area:

Avoid the blind spots. If you can’t see the Mission Viejo motorists’s face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!

Don’t follow too close. If you can’t see one of the truck’s mirrors, you’re too close.

Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you’re on one of our local Mission Viejo, CA two-lane highways, wait for a passing zone.

Don’t linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can’t pass quickly, drop back.

Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks’ blind spot is much larger on the right.

Be attentive and wear your seat belt while driving anywhere around Mission Viejo, even for short drives. Don’t be aggressive when driving around trucks. Because of their size, they appear to be going slower than they really are. Cutting it short around a truck could be disastrous.

Use your turn signals when starting to pass. Once you can see the full truck in your rear view mirror, it’s safe to signal and move over. It’s vital not to cut it short or slow quickly when you pull in front of a truck.

Be careful passing a truck at an intersection in Mission Viejo. Trucks need to turn wide to maneuver through Mission Viejo streets. Squeezing between a truck and the curb could put your car in your Mission Viejo body shop or Autobahn West. Look for the truck’s turn signals.

The team of automotive professionals at Autobahn West want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.

Autobahn West
We’re on 25800 Jeronimo Rd. #200 in Mission Viejo, CA (92691)
Call us to make an appointment at 949.525.9730.

Protecting Your pickup From Theft In Mission Viejo CA

Every car in Mission Viejo CA is at risk for theft. So it’s up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles:

  1. Common sense
  2. Visible and audible devices
  3. Immobilizing devices
  4. Tracking devices

Let’s review each of these. First, common sense: you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen from Mission Viejo CA where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys, and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it’s against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.

And don’t leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Try to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a row and near a light. Back your car into a parking space or your driveway to make your car more visible to passersby and harder for a thief to work under the hood without being seen.

Remember to roll up your windows completely and avoid leaving your car in public lots for a long time. If you park in a lot that has an attendant, only give them the ignition key.

Keep valuables out of sight: purses, wallets, cell phones, clothes and even change are attractive “smash-and-grab” targets. And pay to have your Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, etched into your windows – it makes your car less attractive to a thief who wants to send your car to a chop shop.

There are lots of visible and audible devices available. A steering wheel lock is highly visible and will deter some thieves. Loud alarms can alert you and others that your vehicle is being tampered with. But if your alarm does go off, be careful. Observe what’s going on; get descriptions of suspicious people and vehicles, including license plate numbers.

Now, if you catch a thief in the act, call 911 but don’t approach the person. Your safety is more important than the car.

And here’s a great one – immobilizing devices. They actually shut off your car’s electrical or fuel supply. So without a key, or knowing where the hidden switch is located, a thief can’t drive your car away.

Finally, you can also get a tracking device that allows police to track your car down and recover it quickly.

Remember, where you live, work and drive around Mission Viejo CA has a great impact on your decisions. If you’re in an area with high theft rates, you may want to spend more money on security systems. And check with your Mission Viejo CA auto insurance company to see if they offer discounts for adding any of these items.

Of course, the common sense suggestions from Autobahn West don’t cost anything and go a long way toward keeping your car safe from thieves. Take a look at the attached video auto tip from AutoNetTV.

Come see us for practical advice on keeping your pickup safe.
Autobahn West
25800 Jeronimo Rd. #200, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Call us at 949.770.2312