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Driving? Keep your eye's a-moving!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

In a motor accident, wherein a speeding car hits a slower moving vehicle
> coming from the side, the speeding car drivers often swear that they just
> didn’t see the vehicle coming from the left or right.
> Well, they aren’t lying.
> They really don’t see the vehicle coming from the side, in spite of broad
> daylight.
> This phenomenon on the car drivers’ part is known as “Motion Induced
> Blindness.”
> It is definitely frightening.
> Once airborne, pilots are taught to alternate their gaze between scanning
> the horizon and scanning their instrument panel, and never to fix their gaze
> for more than a couple of seconds on any single object.
> They are taught to continually keep their heads on a swivel and their eyes
> always moving.
> If you fix your gaze on one object long enough while you yourself are in
> motion, your peripheral vision goes blind.
> Till about three decades ago, this “heads on swivel & eyes moving” technique
> was the only way to spot other aircraft in the skies around.
> Now-a-days they have on-board radars, but the old technique still holds
> good.
> Let me give you a small demonstration of motion induced blindness.
> Just click on the link below.
> You will see a revolving array of blue crosses on a black background.
> There is a flashing green dot in the centre and three fixed yellow dots
> around it.
> If you fix your gaze on the green dot for more than a few seconds, the
> yellow dots will disappear at random, either singly, or in pairs, or all
> three together.
> In reality, the yellow dots are always there.
> Just watch the yellow dots for some time to ensure that they don’t go
> anywhere!
> (Notes given by the author below the rotating array are educative.)
> So, if you are driving at a high speed on a highway and if you fix your gaze
> on the road straight ahead, you will not see a car, a scooter, a buggy, a
> bicycle, a buffalo or even a human being approaching from the side.
> Now reverse the picture .
> If you are crossing a road on foot and you see a speeding car approaching,
> there’s a 90% chance that the driver isn’t seeing you, because his/her
> peripheral vision may be blind!
> You may be in that blind zone.
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    Neat information! I'm glad to be counted among those who do keep their eyes moving; however, I do have somewhat of a Lead Foot problem (weather permitting)...
    1922 days ago
    Yes, Starr, and alot who move/change lanes without looking. I get that alot. I also always move my eyes, looking constantly around and checking before I change lanes, and another big one is to look at least twice before starting at a red light (look both ways twice).
    1923 days ago
    Even when I was learning how to drive, with my precious dad, I never just looked straight ahead. I'm always scanning the horizon, cars in front of me, the end of my hood, left & right side mirror, & rear view mirror. I am always aware that I could be blinded to a vehicle and am scared of having an accident. It was just yesterday, if I had not looked over my shoulder(as I always do) to the side of my vehicle to see if it was clear before I made a lane change, I would have ran into a pick-up truck. I feel that my dad did a good job of teaching me how to drive. Please don't think I am trying to boast, I'm not. But I see so many people these days who just look straight ahead and drive. And these folks who back up looking straight ahead???? I see a lot of those situations too.
    1923 days ago
    Interesting info! Thks!
    1923 days ago
    Yep. I follow the plan of left, straight ahead, right, right mirror, rearview.left mirror and repeat. There's a name for it in defensive driving school, and of course I don't remember it. I definitely feel more awake, more "with it" when I do it.

    1923 days ago
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