Blind Spot Awareness

December 15, 2023 8:00 am

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Commercial motor vehicles possess significant blind spots, encompassing the front, rear, and both sides of the vehicle. If the truck driver is not visible in the side mirror, it is fair to assume that you are out of the driver’s sight. It is crucial to avoid driving within these blind spots. Take the necessary precautions, either by slowing down or adjusting your position to ensure visibility.

Commercial trucks are associated with four primary blind spots known as “No Zones,” positioned in specific areas listed below:

(1) 30 feet directly behind the truck’s trailer:This area is critical to be aware of, as it falls within the range where the driver may have limited or no visibility.

(2) Approximately 20 feet in front of the truck: The space immediately in front of the truck is another No Zone, where the driver’s vision may be obstructed.

(3) Most of the passenger side of the truck, especially the right side near the cab:This blind spot extends diagonally towards the rear of the truck, creating a zone where other vehicles may go unnoticed.

(4) Behind and below the driver’s side window: The region behind and below the driver’s side window is another vulnerable area where vehicles may escape the driver’s attention.

Being mindful of these no zones and taking proactive measures, such as adjusting your speed or changing your position on the road, is essential for maintaining better visibility.

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