Crash between delivery driver and car prompts surprising advice

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A terrifying collision between a car and an delivery driver has been caught on dashcam.

In the video posted on the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook, a white car can be seen waiting to enter the roundabout in Flemington, NSW.

A delivery driver on a scooter wearing green enters the roundabout from the left and the vehicles collide resulting in the delivery driver being knocked off the scooter.

A delivery driver on a scooter in green enters the roundabout from the left and both vehicles collide resulting in the delivery driver being knocked off the scooter.
A delivery driver on a scooter in green enters the roundabout from the left and both vehicles collide resulting in the delivery driver being knocked off the scooter. Source: Dash Cam Owners Australia

The vision promoted fierce debate over who was at fault, with many people concluding the car driver may have missed the scooter due to a blindspot.

“It appears as though the driver has not seen the rider because the bike was in the A pillars blindspot,” one person suggested.

“If you consider your A pillar to be a blindspot, how about looking around it when you come to a junction or prepare to make a turn. The pillar hasn’t just appeared out of the blue,” another person commented.

“This just shows why you should be aware of your car’s blind spots! Mine has one in the same spot, it's not hard to move your head 10cm to the right to check around it before entering an intersection,” someone else wrote.

The two vehicles collided in the middle of a roundabout, knocking the scooter rider to the ground.
The two vehicles collided in the middle of a roundabout, knocking the scooter rider to the ground. Source: Dash Cam Owners Australia

NRMA Road Safety Expert Dimitra Vlahomitros told Yahoo News Australia blindspots extend to more than just the areas that can’t been seen in mirrors.

“Most people think of blind spots as the areas that can’t be seen with mirrors, but blind spots are more extensive than that. They also include the A-pillar, the obstruction caused by the windshield frame,” Ms Vlahomitros said.

“It’s really important when driving to do regular head checks and to turn your head to look out for things you can’t see with your mirrors, remembering to lean forward and back to see around the A-pillar”.

The safety expert also suggested that larger cars have larger blindspots, so motorists need to be aware of their vehicle’s individual blindspots, especially when there are smaller vehicles on the road.

“Generally the bigger the vehicle the bigger the blind spots.

“When driving, not only should you check for cars, you should also check for motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians as they can be harder to spot.”

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