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'Blind Drivers' epidemic

Worrying data emerges

The number of “blind spot” accidents on Britain’s roads has nearly doubled over the last two years.

A study using data compiled from more than 50,000 accidents, uncovered a 48 percent rise between 2009 and 2011 and revealed the majority of collisions occur when drivers pull out unaware that that there is another vehicle in their blind spot.

Much of the criticism has been placed with current car construction techniques that restrict a driver’s peripheral visibility through the use of far thicker pillars and smaller glass areas. Some road safety groups are also calling for a review of the driver training and testing procedures.

In 2005, the DSA banned the Mini Convertible from taking part in the driving test because the rear and rear-three quarter visibility was so poor.

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