Watch Your Back & the Road With a Blind Spot Monitor

Safety features are a favorite subject among our team here at Nissan of Chattanooga East. One such feature, a blind spot monitor, reduced lane-change crash injuries roughly 23% in 2015, according to the IIHS. Question: What exactly is a blind spot monitor? Here's your basic intro.

How a Blind Spot Monitor Works

Depending on the suite of technologies, a car's blind spot monitors uses a system of lasers, mirrors and sensors. These lasers, mirrors and sensors detect any vehicle that accelerates into your blind spot when your vehicle is in motion. This feature comes in handy when navigating the streets of Chattanooga, TN or country backroads. Some blind spot monitoring systems alert drivers with a light in the driver's side mirror. Other systems generate a driver's seat vibration, giving you time to make appropriate lane-changing decisions.

Not Quite Standard Yet

Blind spot monitors are still more of an option than a standard safety feature, although this is rapidly changing. As the technology becomes more common and easier to manufacture, it begins to appear on lower trims as either a standard option or as part of an affordable suite of driver-assist tech. Test drive a vehicle today at our dealership, and see the blind spot monitor in action for yourself.


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