It is more common than not that you get caught in the blind spot of an 18-wheeler. It is important for drivers to know the blind spots of an 18-wheeler while driving. The 18-wheeler has three blind spots. The two lanes on the right of the vehicle, and one lane on the left of the vehicle. There is another blind spot about 20 feet in front of the vehicle, and another extending 30 feet behind the vehicle. Some of the enclosed trailers will have a blind spot warning posted on the door of the trailer advising the drivers who are coming from behind that if the driver cannot see the side mirrors of the 18-wheeler, then the driver of the 18-wheeler cannot see them.
Avoiding Blind Spots
Driving in front of an 18-wheeler can be dangerous because most people do not realize it takes the 18-wheeler 40% longer stopping time than the average car. When moving into a lane ahead of an 18-wheeler, be considerate and make sure there is plenty of room between you and the truck.
Driving Next to an 18-wheeler
If you drive in the United States, it is certain that you will find yourself driving next to an 18-wheeler at some point in time. On both sides of an 18-wheeler there are blind spots to consider, but the blind spot on the left side of the 18-wheeler is smaller than the blind spot on the right side. So, when passing an 18-wheeler, you should try if possible, to pass on the left-hand side.
Final Safe Tips
If you want to stay safe around an 18-wheeler here are some final things to keep in mind:
- Do not cut off an 18-wheeler.
- Flash your high beams to signal the 18-wheeler to let them know it is okay to switch into your lane.
- Do not tailgate 18 wheelers. It can be extremely dangerous because your field of vision is extremely limited while driving close behind a tractor-trailer. If they apply their brakes, you will likely not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Do not drive aggressively. The size of an 18-wheeler contributes to their inability to maneuver like a coupe or a sedan. It also contributes to their increased braking distance in the event they must react to an overzealous speed enthusiast.
Following these simple tips might even save your life. If you are in an accident because a truck didn’t see you, consult a truck accident attorney to learn your rights. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury and Accident Lawyers have been fighting for the rights of truck accident victims since 1979.