News & opinion Blind Spots: A Guide to Semi-Truck No-Zones

Blind Spots: A Guide to Semi-Truck No-Zones

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hile

lmost

ll vehicles h

ve blind spots, big

igs

nd semi-t

ucks e pe

h

ps the most noto

ious fo

the size

s

ell

s the scope of the blind spots. Becoming educ

ted on blind spots

s

ell

s being gene

lly

e is c

uci

l fo

ovell d

iving s

fety. <

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h

t Is

Blind Spot? n><

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n style="font-

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efe

to the

e

ound

vehicle

he

e vision is

est

icted o

gone. Most blind spots e defined by

n in

bility to see

hen looking th

ough e-vie

o

side mio

. Typic

lly, blind spots e

ssoci

ted most

ith comme

ci

l semi-t

ucks.

h

t c

uses the blind spot is the shee

length of the vehicle in combin

tion

ith the height. Othe

v

i

bles to blind spots m

y include the design/size of the d

shbod,

indshield,

nd pills

s

ell

s h

ving

fully-lo

ded c. Ente

ing

vehicle’s blind spot

t some point is ne

ly inevit

ble, but continuing to st

y in s

id blind spot c

e

tes potenti

l h

zds.<

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n>

ong>The “No-Zone” ong><

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n style="font-

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efe

s to

n e

(o

multiple e

s)

ound

lge t

uck

he

e d

ive

s c

nnot see. Linge

ing in the no-zone is not suggested

nd collisions e mo

e p

one to occu

. D

ive

visibility is the

e

th

t

d

ive

is c

p

ble of seeing

hen moving. The no-zone is

n e

defined outside of s

id d

ive

visibility. The

e

e diffe

ent types of no-zones:<

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  • F

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    eight: 400;”> This zone is loc

    ted di

    ectly in f

    ont of the c

    b of the t

    uck. The e

    cove

    s

    bout 10 c

    lengths f

    om the f

    ont of the c

    b. T

    ucke

    s sit high up in compison to othe

    vehicles,

    nd this c

    e

    tes

    n in

    bility to see cs di

    ectly in f

    ont of them.

    hen p

    ssing,

    llo

    enough time to m

    ke it p

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    ont no-zone befo

    e getting in f

    ont of the t

    uck.<

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    b>

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    ight-Side No-Zone: ong> n style=”font-

    eight: 400;">This zone is loc

    ted behind the c

    b

    nd to the

    ight,

    nd is one of the biggest blind spots.

    hen follo

    ing on

    multi-l

    ne high

    y,

    llot le

    st one c

    length f

    om the b

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    ssing, t

    y to

    void st

    ying in the no-zone

    e

    . <

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    n><

    li>

  • ong>Left-Side No-Zone:<

    st

    ong> n style=”font-

    eight: 400;">This zone is loc

    ted behind the c

    b

    nd to the left,

    nd is

    bout h

    lf the size of the

    ight-side no-zone. On

    multi-l

    ne high

    y follo

    ing,

    llo

    t le

    st one c length f

    om the b

    ck of the t

    uck’s c

    go.

    hen p

    ssing, t

    y to

    void st

    ying in the no-zone e

    . n><

    li>

  • ong>B

    ck No-Zone: ong> n style=”font-

    eight: 400;">This zone is loc

    ted di

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    o

    cgo th

    t

    t

    uck is c

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    s no

    e

    -vie

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    ilg

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    ectly behind them if they eve

    h

    d to stop immedi

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good p

event

tive me

su

e to keep in mind is th

t if you c

nnot see the t

uck d

ive

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ce th

ough

side oe-vie

mi

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, they c

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hy Is Blind Spot D

iving So D

nge

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iving is d

nge

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use you tempo

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ppe

invisible to t

uck d

ive

s. M

ny

ssume th

t due to the size of comme

ci

l vehicles

nd thei

l

ge

mio

s th

t t

uck d

ive

s h

ve mo

e visibility —

hen this is not

ctu

lly the c

se. To el

bote, bec

use semi-t

ucks e so lge, t

uck d

ive

s

e un

ble to see pticul pts ound thei

vehicle

nd onto the

o

dy

eg

dless of bigge

mio

s

nd highe

cle

nce. If

t

uck d

ive

does not see you

c

ente

one of thei

blind spots, o

you

em

in in the blind spot fo long pe

iod of time

nd the t

uck d

ive

fo

gets, the

e is

ch

nce fo

the t

uck d

ive

to s

itch l

nes

nd c

use

n

ccident. In mo

e c

ses th

n not, <

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c occup

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mo

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n they do the d

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Do I

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d

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    mi

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    st

    ight b

    ck vision. Do not

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    n you

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    d to

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    e,

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    left side mi

    o

    so th

    t you c

    n see the left side of you

    c

    p

    ti

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    djust p

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    n you

    he

    d to

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    ight side mi

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    so th

    t you c

    n see the

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    c pti

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    hen you

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djusting you

mi

o

s to diminish o

deplete blind spots is c

uci

l, so keep in mind th

t you shouldn’t be

ble to see the side of you

c

hen sitting up

ight

nd looking out you

side mio

s. This

pp

o

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voiding blind spots should be done eve

y time you ente ne

c

, o

f

om time to time in you

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s

ell

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to opete lge vehicles s

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uck d

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s to t

ke speci

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hen d

iving to

void fo

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