Truck accidents are usually deadly due to the large size and weight difference between them and the cars around them. In addition, large trucks have more blind spots than average cars.
That said, getting into an accident with a truck can be very destructive and expensive, which is why you must learn how to avoid blind spots. Below are some of the ways to move safely out of a trucker’s blind spot:
1. Give yourself space
When merging into the same lane with an 18-wheeler, the distance between you and the truck should be approximately two car lengths. This will help you keep a safe distance from the front blind spot.
2. Don’t tailgate
Due to the truck’s large size, truckers depend on the side mirrors to see cars behind them. So, driving too close behind them means they won’t see you, and you won’t see what is happening in front of you. Therefore, ensure you are out of the no-zone behind the truck and give it enough braking distance.
3. Give ample space
A truck has a longer braking distance than smaller vehicles. Therefore, when driving in front of it, leave enough space between you and the truck. You will know you are out of the blind spot and at a safer distance if you can see the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
4. Make sure you see the trucker in their side mirror
If you cannot see the driver in their side mirrors, they cannot see you too. This means you are in a blind spot and should move out as soon as possible.
The results of a truck accident can be devastating. So, leave ample room, avoid tailgating and also avoid truck blind spots to reduce the risks of getting into a crash. Unfortunately, even after taking these precautions, you may still get into a truck accident. However, seek legal guidance to protect your rights if you get injured.