At its maximum capacity, a truck carrying a full load can weigh up to 80,000
pounds, while a passenger vehicle weighs roughly 4,000 pounds. Sharing
the road with large semi-trucks is so rooted in our day-to-day routines
that oftentimes we forget the dangers they pose. In this blog, we share
a few tips on how to avoid a truck’s blind spots, which can help prevent
truck accidents and increase your safety on the road.
Stay Away From The No-Zones
Due to the sheer nature and size of a semi truck, there are a number of
blind spots that you should try to avoid when sharing the road with these
large vehicles. These blind spots, or no-zones, are located directly in
front of the truck, behind the truck, and beside the truck’s right door.
When you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, you may feel inclined to
quickly cut in and out of lanes to avoid being slowed down by a truck
that’s driving ahead of you. It’s important to remember, however,
that in the event of an unexpected traffic delay, a truck driver may not
be able to slam on his or her breaks as quickly as a passenger vehicle.
A good rule of thumb to remember is, when passing, make sure you can see
the entire front of the truck in your review mirror before getting back
in the same lane.
Pass With Caution
Try to avoid passing a truck on the right side – that is where the
truck’s largest blind spot is located. The no-zone on a truck's
right side extends from the door all the way to the end of the tractor
trailer, and it typically covers two lanes. When it is safe to do so,
quickly pass on the left side.
Spot The Mirrors
A good indicator of whether you’re in a truck’s blind spots
is to take note of the truck’s mirrors. If you can spot a truck’s
side mirrors, the truck driver can see you. Once you lose sight of the
mirrors, however, the truck driver can no longer see you. This can turn
into a potentially dangerous situation should the truck driver try and
move into the lane you’re in.
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