While large trucks have mirrors designed to provide optimal coverage of the area around the vehicle, no specific design allows complete visibility. As such, drivers of passenger vehicles must practice vigilance in staying clear of the blind spots of big rigs.
When people understand where blind spots are, they may avoid driving in those areas to protect their own safety, as well as to practice courtesy to truckers.
Staying out of “no-zones”
Experts encourage passenger drivers to completely avoid driving in a truck’s blind spots or “no-zones.” Smaller vehicles that travel within a truck’s blind spot, neglect to signal their movement or recklessly drive too close to a truck may compromise their safety and that of other motorists on the road if an accident happens. According to the Truckers Report, the most common blind spots for drivers of big trucks include the following:
- Directly in front of the truck
- Directly behind the truck
- Down both sides of the truck and the area extending horizontally
Passenger drivers who practice mindfulness and provide truckers with adequate space to drive may reduce the chances of getting in a collision. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration encourages drivers to allow extra space for turns, braking and lane changes. Additionally, people should recognize that trucks simply take more work to navigate through traffic. They should practice patience and refrain from trying to carelessly get past a big truck blocking their way. Avoiding distractions is another way people can stay safe around big trucks and recognize potential hazards such as braking or changing lanes before it is too late.