Blind Spot Warning

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What is it?

First introduced by Volvo, BLIS which stands for Blind Spot Information System is a system now commonly found on 'top of the range' new Suzuki and Mitsubishi models. It has eyes on the road where sometimes you can't. While some cars are blessed with narrow roof pillars and excellent outward visibility from the driver’s seat, there are still blindspots located around the cars, which even the most agile observers will experience on occasion.

How Does It Work?

The monitoring system, which is built into a series of sensors on the car's flanks, flags up a warning of items in those blind spots, via an audible sound and/or a visible amber flash in the door mirror. It is enough to make the driver look, where he may not have looked before. 

On most models, the illuminated logo will light up when an object enters the blind spot on either side of your car. Should you signify any intent to move into that space, potentially putting you and other road users at risk, the car will audibly warn you of the presence of someone in your blind spot.

What Are The Benefits?

Whilst it is of significant benefit in built-up and traffic-dense zones, it is a system that may also stop a driver, or front passenger, from opening a car door directly into the traffic flow. However, it can also be useful when travelling at motorway speeds, where the consequences of not noticing what is happening alongside your vehicle might be crucial. 

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