Semi Blind Spots
There are many motorists on the road that are not aware that a tractor/trailer has larger blind spots than regular vehicles. By being better informed about this, it can keep you, your family, and all motorists safer on the road. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are driving near a tractor/trailer.
- Directly behind a trailer is a blind spot, so try not to follow too closely. They will not be able to see you.
- The right side is the worst and this blind spot can be the entire length of the trailer and as far as 3 lanes. ( It is always better to pass a truck on the left side)
- The left side has a blind spot but not as big as the right, it is good to follow the rule of “if you cannot see the truck drivers face in his side view mirror then he can’t see you.”
- Directly in front of truck is blind so try not to cut in front of a semi to closely. Also it will take a semi longer to stop then a regular size vehicle. Make sure you can see both headlights and entire cab in your rear view mirror.
- When a truck is turning right do not go on his right side. Trucks need a wide berth to turn and coupled with not being able to see you.
- When a truck approaches a roundabout intersection slow down and stay behind him. He will need both lanes while going around these.