Every car has some type of “blind spot.” Blind spots are areas of the road that are not immediately visible from rear view and side mirrors. Every driver should know to “check their blind spot” before changing lanes on the highway or making turns. There are many ways to help reduce blind spots either through adjusting one's mirrors, use of technology, or using greater situational awareness when driving.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published an article outlining how to adjust a car's mirrors to detect most blind spots. Although, this technique takes some time and effort to get accustomed to, it has been a proven method since released in 1995.
Another way to combat blind spots is through the use of technology. Automotive technology has been rapidly advancing in blind spot detection. From example, Honda's lane assist camera, that shows a view of your blind spot when a driver engages his blinker to make a left turn.
Ford has introduced a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) that not only covers your truck but if you are towing will extend coverage to trailer.
However, checking blind spots are even more important – and challenging – for commercial truck drivers.
Commercial truck drivers haul large trailers that can be in excess of 40 feet and sometimes even haul double trailers. Compounding this issue, trucks do not have rear windows that allow drivers to see directly behind them. Finally, due to the greater height of the truck tractor, it can be easy for smaller cars to be hidden from view. All of these factors result in significant blind spots for truck drivers, or “no-zones.”
- Along each side of the trailer
- Directly behind the trailer
- Directly in front of a truck
- Next to the front passenger-side of the tractor
While motorists should be aware of these blind spots and avoid driving in them whenever possible, a truck driver should also be alert that vehicles may be in their blind spots. Truck drivers should take extra precautions and double check every time they make a lane change or turn.
If a truck driver does not adequately check their blind spots, they can run other cars off the road or cause serious accidents. Victims of such accidents can incur extensive medical bills, lost income from missing time from work to recover physically and mentally, physical pain, among other losses. If a truck driver was negligent in failing to check blind spots, the driver may be held liable for any losses that occurred.
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