Toyota’s Blind Spot Monitor Explained

September 28th, 2019 by

Toyota’s Blind Spot Monitor Explained

Driving along through Hickman Hills, you pull up behind a slow-moving car. You do what you always do – signal left to change lanes and pass. But the moment you hit that left turn signal, your eye catches something. There’s a flashing light on your Toyota Camry’s mirror! You check closer and see the reflection of another motorist puttering along in the fast lane, right off the corner of your bumper. Your Toyota’s Blind Spot Monitor works.
But what is Blind Spot Monitor all about? How does it work? It’s pretty simple, so let’s briefly review its function.

What Is Blind Spot Monitoring?

On cars so equipped, there’s a little indicator that illuminates on your outside mirror. When it’s on, it’s yellow. Blind Spot Monitor does what it’s name suggests – it keeps a lookout for vehicles travelling where you can’t easily see them, in your blind spot.

How Blind Spot Monitor Works

A sensor continually checks for a vehicle in your blind spot. If one shows up in your blind spot, the warning light on your mirror comes on solid. You know the light – it’s yellow and is the image of two cars with a few curvy lines between.
The light will stay on until the vehicle is no longer in your blind spot. But if you signal in the direction of the indicator, something more happens. It starts flashing. That constant flashing is meant to draw your attention, screaming at you that there’s someone in the way, and that it’s not safe to change lanes.
Besides the Blind Spot Monitor, that same indicator operates as your cue for Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. If someone is approaching from the side while you’re reversing, you’ll get the flashing light from that side on your outside rearview mirror.

It’s simple and easy to use. There’s nothing you need to do to activate BSM. Best of all, Blind Spot Monitor is standard or available on all Toyota models. It’s just a small thing that makes owning a Toyota even better.

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