The average passenger vehicle will typically have two blind spots that
obstruct the view of adjacent vehicles for the driver. In fact,
car accidents caused by a driver’s blind spots can be quite common. But when it
comes to large commercial trucks, the number of blind spots can double
compared to regular vehicles. The larger the vehicle, the more blind spots
there are and the larger they become. If a car or motorcycle is in a truck’s
blind spots, it makes it harder for the truck driver to notice the vehicle,
which can lead to dangerous accidents.
Truck drivers have 4 major blind spots:
Right lane in front of a truck: Truck drivers have difficulty seeing on both sides of the vehicles, especially
the right side. If you are in the right lane of a truck, you are in one
of the most dangerous zones. Try to stay away from being near the truck’s
Rear: Tailgating is a dangerous habit no matter what the vehicle. This is especially
true if there is a truck right in front of you. Trucks can take much longer
to brake compared to cars, giving you very little time to react. Avoid
being directly behind a truck and try to maintain at least three car lengths
behind the trailer.
Front: If you are anywhere from 10 to 20 feet in front of a truck, the driver
most likely cannot see you. Truck drivers are also not able to brake as
quickly if there is only a short distance between you and the truck.
Any spot where you can’t see their mirrors: If you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, they most likely cannot
see you either. Make sure that you leave plenty of space between you and
How To Stay Out of a Truck Driver’s Blind Spots
Remember these tips when driving next to or behind trucks:
Pass on the left side: Trucks make wide right turns due to their size. Give trucks enough room
so that they can safely make right turns.
Don’t cut in front: Never cut in front of a truck, because it is difficult for a truck driver
to react immediately. The larger the vehicle, the longer it takes to reach
a complete stop if they need to brake.
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