If you've owned a new vehicle in the past five years, you may be intimately familiar with the "A-spot." The freshly-labeled blind area is the product of manufacturer's best efforts to beef-up the structural pillars that take the most abuse in rollover crashes, as well as provide added rigidity during front and side impacts.

The cost of these safety advancements is a large area to the left and right of the driver's point-of-view that, in the case of the Jeep Cherokee, hides almost 15 feet of the road from 75 feet away. According to MIRA, an automotive testing agency in the UK, these blind spots are becoming increasingly dangerous to other motorists (and, in our opinion, motorcyclists). England's Department of Transport agrees, citing that one-fifth of all crashes at intersections are reported as "looked, but failed to see."

Other egregious offenders included the new Ford S-Max, the Land Rover Freelander and the Citroen Xsara Picasso.

Any tales of your own "A-spot" observations?

[Source: AutoExpress]

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