Blind spots are areas around your car or truck where drivers are unable to observe other vehicles. It varies depending on the vehicle. Large trucks have specific blind spots that are called no-zones. Blind spots are not limited to passenger vehicles and trucks but can also present a problem for airplane pilots and skippers of sailboats. By contrast, motorcycles and bicycles do not have this problem. Blind spots also are associated with many accidents. Let’s take a look at blind spots in cars and trucks, and explore ways to help alleviate a problem that most of us face every day.
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Truck No Zones
No-zones around the truck are those areas where the trucker is unable to see vehicles around, in front and to the rear of the vehicle. Being aware of where the no-zones exist helps a passenger vehicle driver proceed safely. Annually, 250 crashes occur between a car and a large commercial vehicle. Let’s explore the no-zones around trucks:
A truck’s blind spots are much bigger than that of a passenger vehicle. The areas to the front and rear are large. This means if you are directly behind a truck, the driver more than likely will be unable to see your vehicle. The large rear no-zone may lure the trucker into believing that there is no vehicle behind them. If the truck brakes, a vehicle following too closely will probably slide under the truck. This usually results in a fatality as the top of the passenger vehicle would be sheared off.
On other occasions, the trucker needs to swing wide to make a right-hand turn. If a passenger vehicle positions itself between the truck and the curb on the right, the trucker will not see the vehicle, and a crash will ensue.
The area immediately in front of the truck and for a few car lengths beyond that is a no-zone. A driver who is passing a truck should not return to their lane until the entire front of the truck is seen with the car’s rearview mirror. If you return to your original lane sooner, the truck will be unable to stop and hit the rear of the car with disastrous consequences. Also, if the passenger vehicle driver pulls back into the lane too soon, the trucker will not even know it is there.
The sides of the truck also have large blind spots. While the blind spot on the driver
side can extend most of the length of the trailer, the right side is even larger. The blind spot on the right side can extend across several lanes of traffic. Blind spots are a major reason why a vehicle should never pace a big rig on its side.
Facts About Truck and Car Crashes
Here are some noteworthy facts about such accidents:
- More than 50 percent of all such crashes are due to car driver error.
- Because trucks have a hard time stopping, a crash often involves more than one passenger vehicle.
- Most crashes happen in good weather without a slippery pavement.
- The vast majority of truck drivers are not impaired.
- Most fatalities involve the driver or occupants of the passenger vehicle.
Driver Visibility and Pillars
Driver visibility is the ability of the driver to see objects around their vehicle. The design of the vehicle is a significant factor in driver visibility. The dashboard, windshield and pillars all affect driver visibility. Blind spots can exist in front of the driver due to the windshield pillar. The side mirrors and the rearview mirrors are also partially to blame for a decreased field of vision. The seat headrests can be another problem in reducing visibility. The door pillars and the size of the rear windshield are also factors. Many car makers are attempting to design vehicles with better views of the road. However, until all vehicles have excellent visibility, drivers need to take this into account when sharing the road.
Rear Blind Spots in Passenger Cars
Passenger vehicle blind spots are those to the rear of the car that cannot be visualized by looking through the rearview or side mirrors. The most problematic are those in the rear quarter. Looking at the illustration above, it is clear the blue car driver can see the car to the rear on the passenger side by using their rearview mirror. However, the vehicle to the right is not visible unless the driver turns to look behind him. There are ways to accommodate rear blind spots:
- Install mirrors with a broader view area.
- Turn around to check rear areas.
- Adjust the side mirrors, so the side of your car is just about visible, extending your view on the right.
Example of What Happens Due to a Car’s Blind Spot
A driver in the number two lane tries to move into the number three lane because the lead car is moving too slowly, and they wish to pass. The driver turns on their blinkers, checks the rear with their side mirror and turns around to check the slow lane. No vehicle appears to be present in either lane, and the driver begins to change lanes when they are hit by another car on their left-hand side. The drivers of both vehicles were not impaired. It would be reasonable to think that the vehicle that was in the left lane was in the driver’s blind spot. While that is true, some steps can be taken to avoid this outcome:
- Adjust the rearview mirror so that anything directly to the rear can be seen. This technically should be done every time you drive, mainly if others use the car.
- Then, incline your head toward the driver side window and adjust the mirror so you can barely see the side of the car.
- Do the same with the right side mirror, except this time, and you should not be able to see the side of the car.
- The result of the previous two steps is that you should be able to see a car in the left lane as it comes up behind you. Once it disappears, you should be able to look into the driver-side mirror and see it creeping up alongside your car. A car in the right-hand lane should be able to be seen without turning your head. If not, then adjust the passenger-side mirror. If this does not work, the vehicle’s design mandates that you turn your head.
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