The larger a vehicle is, the more exaggerated its blind spots will be. Blind spots are basically areas around the vehicle that are obscured from the driver’s sight. If another road user enters these spots, then the risk of a collision is increased significantly.
Fortunately, there are a number of measures that drivers can take to protect themselves from trucking blind spots. Some of these are outlined below.
Overtake on the left-hand side
The blind spot on the right of a truck is arguably the most dangerous. At this side of the truck, it is virtually impossible for the driver to see anything. You should always avoid this area where practicable and it is inadvisable to attempt an overtaking maneuver on this side of the vehicle. Instead, make sure that you pass on the left-hand side, as this will give the truck operator a much better chance of seeing you coming.
Keep yourself in space
Trucking blind spots are on both sides and each end of the vehicle. It is crucial to keep this in mind. You should prevent yourself from getting too close to either the front or back end of the vehicle. As trucks tend to be higher from the ground, drivers cannot see what is directly in front of them. At the same time, visibility to the rear is also obstructed and if you are following too closely, you run the risk of a crash where you end up underneath the truck.
Sharing the roadways with larger vehicles is always hazardous but there are effective safety measures you can utilize. If you have been involved in a collision that results in injury, be sure to explore your legal options.