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Blind Spots

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16 March 2020
Author: Sarah Bradshaw

There has been a lot of talk about the latest worldwide pandemic we are currently facing. From bushfires, drought, floods, and now a lack of toilet paper, the year so far has had its challenges. 

But, in this month’s blog post, we will talk about some challenges that many of our Aussie truck drivers face on a daily basis. 

If you have never ridden in a truck before, you would be very much unaware of the significant differences in general size and visibility compared to a car you might own yourself. Trucks can average a height of 4.3 metres or 4.6 metres high for livestock carriers, a width of 2.5 metres and, depending of the class of truck, they can vary up to 53.6 metres long! With those figures in mind, you can start to imagine how much room and extra margins a truck driver must maintain when travelling on the road with other vehicles. Although truck drivers are constantly ensuring that their truck is not impinging on other vehicles, there are ways you can help assist them in ensuring your own safety. 

The most important one is staying out of their blind spots.

Blind spots are areas around a truck where the driver cannot see you. These areas include directly in front of the truck, directly behind, and either side of the truck in the general area of their doors. (See diagram 1.1)

Diagram 1.1

A general rule of thumb to ensure you are not in a truck driver’s blind spot is that if you can see the truck driver in his mirrors, he can see you.

Here is a great video created by ‘The Transport for NSW’, demonstrating the severity of the dangers associated with driving in a truck’s blind spot. 

Always be cautious and patient when travelling around trucks. Trucks are slow and not easily maneuverable. Do not take unnecessary risks and always follow the road rules.

References

https://youtu.be/EhgvdII-QTU
https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/96102/Sharing_the_Road_media_release.pdf
https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/towardszerotogether/safe_road_users/sharing_the_road_with_heavy_vehicles
https://dpti.sa.gov.au/towardszerotogether