(Stay Out of Blind Spots image from, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - Department of Transportation.)
What four things do all 18-wheelers, big-rigs, tractor-trailers have in common? They all have 4 blind spots whether parked or driving on the highway.
What are the 4 blind spots?
On the left side of the vehicle, adjacent to the side mirror
On the right side of the vehicle, adjacent to the side mirror
Directly behind the vehicle
Directly in front of the vehicle
Why is this important to know when you are on the road with an 18-wheeler? Smaller cars and motorcycles disappear in these tractor-trailer blind spots. If the driver of the tractor-trailer is not alert and forgets to check their blind spots, a same-direction side-swipe collision or rear-end collision can occur.
How can you prevent these types of collisions?
- Know the biggest blind spot: If you are passing a big truck on its right, you must observe greater caution. Flash your lights several times to indicate you are passing on the right because the biggest blind spot for the 18-wheeler is the right side of the vehicle. It is safest to pass a large truck on its left side where there is better visibility by the driver.
- Maintain space: If you are too close to the 18-wheeler, you may not be seen by the driver. Allow at least three seconds of space between your car and the tractor-trailer. (Add more distance driving in poor weather.) When following an 18-wheeler remember, if you can’t see the rear-view mirrors of the truck in front of you, the truck driver can’t see you behind him.
- Don’t change lanes and cut off the tractor-trailer: If you can see both headlights in your rear-view mirror, and continue to maintain your speed, you will be safe to change lanes.
- If you are in a situation where an 18-wheeler is tailgating your car, then change lanes and let the vehicle pass. Big rigs need much more time and distance for stopping. Getting out of their way may avoid a rear-end collision.
According to The Truckers Report website, https://www.thetruckersreport.com/truck-blind-spots-know-the-danger-zones/
Truck Blind Spots: Know the Danger Zones
How to Stay Away from Truck Blind Spots as a Passenger Driver
Passenger drivers need to realize that trucks cannot maneuver quickly during crisis situations, which makes patience a necessity when driving on major Interstates and highways. Passenger drivers need to stay out of their blind spots. Driving in truck blind spots can prove fatal for everyone on the road, including the passenger, commercial, and surrounding drivers. Passenger drivers can stay out of truck blind spots by avoiding tailgating, keeping the truck’s rear-view mirrors in sight, giving plenty of space when driving in front of a truck, and passing one with care.
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