Safely Sharing the Roads With Trucks - Avoiding Blind Spots And No-Go Zones
Front no-go zone
Cutting in front of a truck can be a fatal mistake. At 80km/h, it takes the length of about a rugby field (100 metres) for a truck to come to a complete stop.
Allow at least one car length for every 16km/h you are travelling before merging in front of a truck.
When passing a truck, never cut in front of it and then slow down.
Side no-go zone
Trucks have extremely large blind spots on both sides. Even with large side-view mirrors, truck drivers can't see everything around them. Driving in these areas can be dangerous.
Stay out of a truck's blind spot.
If you have to pass, give yourself plenty of space and extra time.
Avoid driving alongside a truck for long periods of time.
Rear no-go zone
Truck drivers often don't have a rear-view mirror to look through, so they have to rely heavily on their side-view mirrors. If you're behind a truck and can't see the driver's face in his or her mirror, then they can't see you.
Don't draft or tailgate.
Give yourself the following distance of three seconds.
Trucks make wider turns than cars. So be aware that a truck may need to swing wide, either to the left or right to avoid sidewalks, signs and utility poles. Drivers who stay aware and give trucks room will be safe.
Give trucks plenty of room to turn safely.
Infographics from Barloworld Transport