Though many assume truck drivers have a better view of the road because they are higher off the ground and have larger mirrors, trucks actually have bigger blind spots.
Staying in a truck’s blind spot means that the truck driver cannot see you or your car, posing a huge safety risk and potentially leading to a serious accident. Learn where the blind spots are, give trucks plenty of space, and pass promptly to keep you and the drivers around you safe.
A truck’s increased size means bigger blind spots, so it is crucial to be aware of where these blind spots are. Sections of the lanes on either side of a truck, particularly on the sides, are not visible to the truck driver and therefore extremely dangerous for other cars to drive through.
If you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, it is likely that they can’t see you either. Not being able to see the driver in his side mirrors indicates you are in a blind spot and should move out of that position as soon it is safe to do so.
When driving behind a truck, you can’t see what is happening up ahead and must rely on the signals of the truck driver in front of you. Stay observant and keep a close eye on the truck’s turn signals and brake lights so you can be prepared for them to stop or turn with some advance notice.
Having a patient mindset can be just as crucial as staying aware of blind spots. Remember that trucks cannot maneuver as easily as smaller cars, which is particularly important in emergencies. Be cautious and respectful when driving around a truck to help keep yourself and everyone around you safe.
Trucks cannot stop as quickly as a car or motorcycle, so it’s particularly important when driving in front of a truck to to give the truck driver plenty of space in case they do need to stop. If can see the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror, you are out of the front blind spot and a safe distance in front of the truck.
A truck’s large size means that truckers do not have rearview mirrors and must rely on side mirrors to see cars behind them. Driving behind a truck also means you cannot see what’s happening in front of them. Stay out of the no-zone directly behind the truck and give the truck plenty of space to slow down or stop.
Trucks will sometimes need to swing wide to make a turn, taking up additional lanes, so be extra aware if you are beside or behind a turning truck.
Overtaking a truck means you will have to go through a blind spot, however briefly. Show the driver you intend to pass as early as you can so they have enough time to see you and prepare for you to do so.
Overtake as promptly as possible and don’t linger in any of the truck’s blind spots longer than necessary. This area is where you are in the most danger if a truck driver loses control, tries to change lanes, or gets into an accident.
You should be at least two car lengths ahead of the truck before merging back into the same lane. This ensures that you stay out of the truck’s front blind spot and helps you avoid cutting the truck off.
After merging back into your lane in front of a truck, maintain passing speed and only slow down when you have a safe distance between you and the truck.
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