In the intricate dance of traffic on highways, trucks are the behemoths that transport goods across vast distances. However, blind spots come along with their sheer size and weight.
Also known as no-zones, these places are areas around a truck where the trucker’s line of sight is poor. These blind spots can have severe consequences, often resulting in accidents that pose a threat to both truckers and other motorists.
One common blind spot is the area directly in front of the truck’s cab. Due to the elevated position of the driver’s seat and the length of the hood, objects or vehicles in this space can easily escape the driver’s view. Sudden stops or emergencies can unfold without warning, leaving little time for evasive action.
Rear blind spot
The rear blind spot, extending beyond the truck’s trailer, is another danger zone. This area can make your vehicle virtually invisible to the truck driver. When a truck needs to change lanes or make a sudden stop, a driver in the rear blind spot becomes vulnerable to collisions.
The right and left no-zones
On both the right and left sides of a truck, blind spots extend along the entire length of the trailer. Vehicles traveling in these areas may vanish from the trucker’s mirrors, putting them at risk for accidents during lane changes.
Mitigating the risks
Truckers play a role by using additional mirrors, adjusting their driving techniques and communicating intentions effectively. They also must pay close attention to rural areas, since 55% of fatal truck accidents happen in those places.