Blind spot side sensors...

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  1. Goldsmithy

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    I have been investigating 'blind spot sensors' , which trigger a light and/or a warning sound when a vehicle is in the 'blind spot'. It is similar to the PDC, except the sensors are installed on the sides of the rear bumper. Has anyone installed these and are they effective? Yes, I am paranoid ... why do you ask??? :) :)

    PS... I am having a trailer hitch installed at MiniFini and will do the installation of the side sensors when the bumper is removed...a real labor saving.
     
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    Why not just adjust the side mirrors so you don't have a blind spot?
     
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    and a headcheck...turning your head too look...guessing aftermarket sensors might be mounted on the mirrors for easy install, but my feeling is, unless they came on the car, bolting them on will result in a cluge job that may/maynot work and be trustworthy.
     
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    I've posted too many times about this being the most common mistake made by automobile drivers. Do a little bit of search and find out how to properly adjust your mirrors and you won't have any blind spots.
     
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    I didn't have to install them, they are standard equipment on our new XF. They are a bit odd to get used to at first, however I can see there's going to be benefit 10-fold down the road as our eyesight and perception continue to diminish. Not that I'm unaware of my surroundings mind you, I do know when I can talk on my cell phone and when I cant... so far. Seriously though, they're cool and I think we're gonna like the feature.
     
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    It's cheaper to mount two seeing eye dogs to the blind spots on the rear bumper. :lol:
     
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    Or you could go with curb feelers, AKA park-assist 1.0. :D

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    OK, I know how to adjust my mirrors. I am asking for advice on a driving 'aid'...not a replacement for good safety driving techniques. I drive a R52 and the rear vision is horrible--top up or down. I will also be pulling a trailer and can use all the help I can get :)

    DaveO...I already tried that, but I couldn't hear the dogs over the S/C whine...:)
     
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    Electronic blind spot monitors will be adjusted for a car, no trailer(so you will have to 100% IGNORE THEM SAYING IT US SAFE TO CHANGE LANES)....so only fix there is a better mirror...either changing the glass part, or a temp bolt on...
    Trailers vary in length, and you will be slower hauling a trailer...both accelerating, slowing and lanechanges....get used too it. Get used to waiting for a big open space....
    Going fast with a trailer is a disasters in the making....
     
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    We are here to HELP! :D
     
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    Really.......top up or down has nothing to do with blind spots.
    Proper side view mirror adjustment is what is needed.

    How To: Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots - Feature - Car and Driver
     

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