Large semi-trucks are perhaps the most dangerous vehicles we share the road with. While trucking accidents don’t happen all that often, the injuries associated with such a serious collision are grave and life threatening. The best way to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers around you is to avoid driving in the truck’s blind spots.
Steer Clear of the No-Zones
Any large commercial truck or 18-wheeler has a series of “no-zones” that drivers should try to avoid. A no-zone basically refers to any area where, if driving in it, the truck driver is unable to see you. A truck’s no-zones include the area directly in front of the truck, behind the truck and beside the truck’s passenger door.
Practice Safety When Passing
There are few things seemingly more inconvenient than being stuck behind a semi-truck that’s slowing you down, especially in the hustle and bustle of a morning commute. Many drivers cut out and in recklessly to put the truck behind them. If you are passing a truck, don’t try and rush things – be sure to pass only when it is safe to do so. By giving little space between the end of your car and the front of the truck, you’re putting yourself at risk for a serious accident should you need to slam your breaks. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure you can see the entirety of the front of the truck in your review mirror before merging into the truck’s lane.
Keep an Eye Out for Mirrors
A sure way to tell if you are visible to the truck driver is to make sure you can see the mirrors. The moment you’ve lost sight of the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can no longer see you. Truck drivers are obligated to have signage on their tractor trailers warning other drivers of this, but some fail to adhere to those regulations.
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