Staying safe on the road is important. One of the best ways to avoid getting into an accident is to stay out of other driver’s blind spots. When you are around truck drivers, it is even more important to stay out of blind spots, or “no-zones” for truckers. Since commercial trucks and other vehicles are much larger than regular passenger vehicles, the visibility these drivers have is more limited. That is why you need to know the four major “no-zones” for trucks.
Review the zones below and make sure you stay alert and aware next time you are on the road!
The Four Key No-Zones to Avoid
1. The Front No-Zone
Though it can be frustrating being stuck behind a slow moving truck, make sure you don’t cut a large semi-truck or 18-wheeler off. It is much more difficult for a large truck to slow down, which means if you don’t leave enough room, it may result in a serious accident. As a general rule, you should aim to allow at least 1 car length per 10 mph you’re traveling (60 mph would equal 6 lengths). Also make sure you never cut in front of a truck and immediately slow down.
Again, getting a large truck to stop can require much more distance than your typical passenger car.
2. The Right Side No-Zone
As the largest truck blind spot, it is crucial that drivers avoid passing on the right side. If you can’t see the truck driver in his side mirror, it is safe to say he can’t see you either. If you have to pass, make sure you pass on the left side. Try to avoid driving alongside a truck on the right side, even on large-lane highways, as they have practically no visibility.
3. The Left Side No-Zone
Similar to the right side, it is best to avoid driving alongside a semi-truck other than for passing. When you do need to pass a truck driver, do so as quickly as possible so that you get back into their visibility range. While the driver has a little more visibility on the left side compared to the right side, it’s still best to stay away from this smaller no-zone.
4. The Rear No-Zone
Though it may not seem as dangerous, hanging out behind a truck in the rear no-zone can be very risky. When you can’t see what’s ahead, you may not be able to slow down soon enough or make adjustments to traffic. Also, a truck driver can’t see you when you are tailgating them. If they make a sudden stop, it can put you in a dangerous situation.
Staying Alert for Wide Right Turns
Truck drivers may have to make an excessively wide right turn. They will swing out wide toward the left in order to complete the right turn. When they do this, a truck driver can’t see if a car is squeezing between them and the curb. That means if you notice a driver performing this maneuver, you should avoid trying to go on their right side. They best way to tell if a truck driver is swinging out for a wide right turn is keeping an eye out for their signal blinkers. Once you notice they’re making a turn, just remain patient and give them enough room to make it without putting yourself in danger.
Even when you stay away from a truck’s no-zones to the best of your ability, accidents can still occur. This is especially true when truck drivers act in a negligent or reckless manner. If you have been injured, you need to seek legal counsel!
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