As an experienced driver, you know that your car has blind spots. These are areas of the roadway that can't be seen while driving, even when using the rear-view or side mirrors.
Trucks have blind spots too and, as you may expect, they are quite large despite being equipped with oversized side-view mirrors. For one reason, trucks don't have rear-view mirrors at all because either the body of the truck or the trailer in tow obstructs that view.
The great height and length of trucks make it difficult for a truck driver to see a much lower car. It's also hard to see what is close up in front of the truck because of the height of the driver's seat.
Stay Away From a Truck's "No Zone" Area
The large areas around a truck, where smaller vehicles disappear from the driver's viewpoint, have been named "No Zone" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As you may expect, these are the spots where truck vs. car crashes are most likely to occur.
There are 4 "No Zone" areas around a truck: It’s sides, behind the truck, in front of the truck and inside the circle formed by the truck's turning radius. Tractor-trailers need a lot of room to turn and, to do so, they swing out wide to the left. During this maneuver, the driver will not be able to see a car that turns directly into the truck's turning angle.
How To Avoid a Truck's "No Zone" Area
- Avoid driving along the side of a truck. Slow down and back off so the driver can see you, or pass quickly.
- Keep well ahead of a truck behind you so you remain clear of the "No Zone" in front of the truck.
- Don't cut sharply in front of trucks because they need much more time and distance to brake and stop. When passing and moving in front of a truck, pull in front of the truck only when you can see the truck's front end in your rear-view mirror.
- Pass trucks on the left because the blind spot on that side is smaller than the one on the right. A truck's blind spot on the right side is quite large - it extends the length of the truck and also reaches out three more lanes.
- Allow trucks a 4-second following distance - about 20 car lengths - because the drivers can't see vehicles that are close behind.
Here's a popular rule - if you can see the truck driver's face in the side view mirror, then he can see you and your car too.
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