Long vehicles, large trucks, buses, and campers are hard to see around them as you navigate and have substantial blind spots. These blind spots are called no-zones. Generally speaking, you can find the no-zones on the vehicle’s front, back, and sides. Remember this while driving near or passing large vehicles, for your own safety.
Identify the No-Zones of a Large Truck So You Can Be Safe on the Road
You may have seen signs on tractor-trailers as you drive, “If you can’t see my mirrors, then I can’t see you.” It is a common sign on the backs of many trucks and buses. This visual symbolism is the easiest way to describe to you what is a truck’s no-zone.
You can be proactive in avoiding accidents with large vehicles by identifying the no-zones and not driving in these areas. Then, when you share the road with large trucks, stay out of these spots and quickly pass these four areas; do not linger in them.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) states that the no-zones include the following:
Directly in front of large vehicles is a no-zone. It would help if you remembered that many of these vehicles sit up high and have large engines. For 20 feet out, they can’t see you. So, stay out ahead of large trucks and buses to stay safe.
On the truck’s driver’s side, the blind spot reaches from about the middle of the truck cab to about the middle of the trailer. If you need to pass, move through this area quickly because the driver cannot see you.
On the truck’s passenger’s side, the blind spot is extensive, and you should be extremely careful. Give the truck plenty of space. You’d be amazed to know that the blind spot on this side extends nearly ten feet in front of the cab to beyond the rear of the truck. Surprised? It also extends out over three lanes wide! You shouldn’t be there if that truck is making a right-hand turn!
When driving around a large truck or bus, the final no-zone area is immediately behind them. You should stay back. The zone behind large vehicles is a dangerous no-zone area because it limits your visibility, and the truck driver cannot see you. If you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you.
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Tips for Driving Around Large Trucks
By knowing some of the details, like no zones, you can keep yourself and your family safer while out on the roads. Try some of these driving examples from the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep your family safe.
Avoid the No-Zones
Now that you’re educated on these areas, avoid them or get through them as quickly as possible. Be courteous to large trucks on the road.
Buckle Your Seat Belt
We know it is the law. Buckle yourself and your children up properly for safety. It may save you and your loved ones’ lives.
Watch for Wide-Turning Trucks
Keep an eye out for trucks that need the room to make wide turns. Don’t be in a rush and get caught in their path. Being patient while driving allows you to see the big picture of what is going on around you.
Use Passing Etiquette
We all know what turn signals are for, so use them and let people around you know that you plan to change lanes. When passing a large truck and going through a no-zone, don’t hang out. This zone is a dangerous area. Instead, pass the truck quickly and get through these zones and into a location where the driver can see you again.
Focus, Focus, Focus
Texting and driving are undoubtedly dangerous. Pull over if you need to do anything other than focus on the road. Staying alert is essential to everyone’s safety. If you are tired or weary, get rest before getting back behind the wheel.
Never Drive Under the Influence
While it shouldn’t have to be said, and it is certainly illegal, don’t risk your life. Don’t risk the lives of others by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, either. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, instead, take time to sober up and get home safe.
What To Do if Caught in a No-Zone Accident?
If you were involved in an accident with a big truck, you might want the advice of a truck accident attorney. Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers represents those injured in truck accidents and has over 400 years of combined legal experience.
Our knowledgeable staff can help you get the most out of your case if you have been injured. Contact us today. We can help you protect your rights after a truck accident.