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  • Are There Blind Spots in MINNEAPOLIS?

    Apr 3, 2018

    All MINNEAPOLIS drivers have blind spots – and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around MINNEAPOLIS.

    First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others...

    To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your vehicle before you start to drive.

    First, MINNEAPOLIS drivers should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their vehicle. MINNEAPOLIS folks don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It's pretty obvious, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.

    Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.

    When MINNEAPOLIS drivers adjust their mirrors this way, they'll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second on MN roads and busy highways. So it's wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another vehicle hasn't moved into an area you couldn't see in your mirrors.

    As you drive around the MINNEAPOLIS area, avoid staying in others' blind spots. You can't count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.

    Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle on MN roads:

    Avoid the blind spots. If you can't see the drivers face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!

    Don't follow too close. If you can't see one of the truck's mirrors, you're too close.

    Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you're on one of our local two-lane highways, wait for a passing zone.

    Don't linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can't pass quickly, drop back.

    Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks' blind spot is much larger on the right.

    The team of automotive professionals at Affordable Transmissions want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    (763) 533-1169

    What to Do in Case of an Accident in MINNEAPOLIS

    Mar 13, 2017

    Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in MINNEAPOLIS, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.

    Let's review what MINNEAPOLIS drivers should do in case of an accident:

    When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in MINNEAPOLIS is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your MN driver's license or even jail time.

    Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call MINNEAPOLIS emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

    You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you won't have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don't. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the MINNEAPOLIS police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy may be responsible.

    Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as, "I was going 30 miles an hour," or, "I was going 55 kilometers per hour," not, "I wasn't speeding." Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer's name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

    Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Date of birth
    • Driver's license number and expiration
    • Insurance information

    Also take down a description of the other vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN). Most MN auto insurance companies don't record license plate numbers, so the VIN is the best way to track a vehicle in MN.

    Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can't wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Affordable Transmissions at (763) 533-1169.

    Contact Affordable Transmissions to learn more about what to do in case of an auto accident.
    You can find us at:

    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    (763) 533-1169