I’m curious to see if anyone else on here has a Blind Spot Monitoring System or Blind Spot Warning System on their vehicle?
If so, did you find it useful immediately or did it take time to acclimate to the way it works?
Or do you have it and despise, clicking it off every time drive your car?
Our 2012 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring included Mazda’s BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring) standard when we bought it about six months ago. I was certain that it was a useless feature and if a driver properly adjusts all thier mirrors, there won’t be a blind spot! I was not happy when the salesman told us that you can turn the system off with a button near the steering wheel, but it automatically resets when the car is turned off and restarted!
The CX-9 is quite deceptive in terms of size, it’s a LOT bigger than you realize! And big vehicles often have some ares that mirrors can’t fully cover. Within a few days, I was in love with BSM!
On the CX-9, a radar sensor is located at both corners of the rear bumper. When a vehicle enters the ‘zone’ one either side, a yellow warning symbol (a little picture of one car driving into another) appears in the top right corner of the rearview mirror on the side that the ‘blind’ vehicle is located. It’s very easy to ignore in daylight driving.
If you active your turn signal in the direction where a vehicle is detected, a warning beep/alarm will sound to let you know something is in the way!
I find it very useful when driving in heavy traffic on the interstate. I am always aware of what’s going on around me and if I’m in a position to change lanes at any given moment. It’s also useful when I’m in right lane of a two-lane interstate and approaching an on-ramp full of merging cars! I instantly know if I can get over to the left to make room for them or if I need to slow down instead to let them flow into traffic…
WORD OF CAUTION- I drove the CX-9 for almost two weeks solid. The first day I went back to driving my ’06 Mazda3, I almost caused two accidents by changing lanes when someone was right there at my rear corner! I didn’t see the litle warning light, so I thought it was clear…only my car doesn’t have BSM, which I clearly forgot for a moment…