Big trucks have big blind spots. It’s something people don’t always think about and even those who do may not realize where all of them are or how far they extend. Blind spots are also called no zones for good reason. You do not want to hang out in a truck’s no zone. The truck driver can’t see you no matter how hard they try. Truck drivers are trained to be aware of blind spots and aware of vehicles moving into them, but if you stay there too long, they can easily lose track of the fact that you are there. And, they may not have noticed you heading there in the first place.
Avoiding a Truck’s Blind Spots
In front of the truck, behind the truck and beside the truck are all blind spots. This extends about 20 feet in front, 30 feet behind, on the driver’s side it’s a full lane extending back about halfway down the trailer and on the passenger’s side two full lanes extending all the way to the back of the truck. A good rule of thumb is, if you can’t see the driver’s face, the driver can’t see you.
Give the trucker plenty of room when passing, before you pull back into the lane in front of the truck. Do not follow too closely. And watch for wide right turns.
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