Even if you do happen to have an eye installed in the back of your head, every car has a blind spot behind it, and the dangerous possibility of running over low-to-the-ground animals and children in that massive blind spot. While rear-view cameras in vehicles are becoming more common, they’re still more of a luxury add-on than necessary safety equipment.
That’s why our safety-equipped siblings at Consumer Reports tested a variety of vehicles’ blind zones, using a traffic cone about the same height as a toddler. They tested more than 400 vehicles, publishing the best and worst results online. The worst reported blind zone was for a short (5’1″) driver behind the wheel of a Jeep Commander – that person couldn’t see a short item behind them until a rather disturbing 69 feet away. The best? The convertible Saturn Sky Redline, with a blind zone of a mere 5 feet for a shorter driver, and 3 feet for a driver who is 5’8″ tall.
Best and worst vehicle blind zones, and the role of rearview cameras [Consumer Reports Cars]