As the saying goes, if you cannot see the trucker’s mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you. When a big rig is not able to see you, this is because of the truck’s blind spots. All drivers should be aware of these blind spots. It is important to stay alert when driving to keep from causing accidents. Large trucks have huge blind spots that it takes all drivers on the road to be aware to prevent accidents.
Be Aware of Passenger Cars
Being alert to your surroundings while driving makes all the difference to how your trip goes. Large trucks cannot see cars that linger beside them if the trucker decides to make a lane change quickly. This also goes for cars that are tail-gaiting larger trucks. If the trucker needs to hit the brakes suddenly, the car is likely to rear-end the truck. Also, since trucks sit up higher, there is a risk that the driver may not see the car if it cuts back in front of the truck after passing. When driving be sure to give ample space when passing.
Tips to Minimize Blind Spots
When you are driving and you must turn your head to look over your shoulder, this takes your eyes away from the road. Drivers should always have their mirrors adjusted properly before leaving for your trip. Doing so can help prevent accidents.
Here are some suggestions:
- Driver-side mirror: Sitting with your hands on the steering wheel, lean to the left. Adjust your mirror until you can see the truck/trailer on the inside edge of the reflected image.
- Passenger-side mirror: Lean your head toward the center of the vehicle. Adjust the mirror until the right side of the truck/trailer appears on the inside edge of the mirror.
- Now, sitting in your normal driving position, begin driving to test the adjustments.
These easy adjustments won’t eliminate blind spots completely, but having your mirrors adjusted properly mirrors can make your driving experience safer.
While having additional mirrors, this helps reduce blind spots. Drivers should not take their attention away from traffic while using these mirrors. There are other options for additional safety measures that drivers can take.
Truckers can install audible tones, back-up sensors, wide angle cameras; especially for the right-side door. Fish-eye mirrors can help alert the driver of on-coming traffic from the back, left, and right side of the truck. The front sensors will notify the driver when a car has cut in front of them or has drifted back into the frontal no-zone. Even with these extra safety measures, it is extremely important for truck drivers to know their truck and where their blind spots are located. This will help prevent the number of accidents and fatalities that drivers face.
Know Where a Truck’s Blind Spots Are
It is important for truckers to know all their blind spots on their truck. The blind spots are located:
- Directly behind the truck
- On each side of the truck that spans for several lanes
- Directly in front of the truck
- One lane to the right
So, as a truck turns right the driver unable see if there is a vehicle directly next to them.
When drivers are on a long haul, there are times it is easy to get in a zone and not be completely alert to upcoming or oncoming traffic. However, it is very important, as it only takes a split second for an accident to occur. It can be frustrating for a driver if vehicles linger next to them, and often there is no way around it on busy roads. Drivers should be aware of the situation around them so that they are prepared if they need make a lane change or pull off onto the shoulder for an emergency.
As an owner-operator, make it your number one goal to prevent all accidents and fatalities by staying alert, well prepared and aware to your surroundings.