Knowing a heavy vehicle blind spot

Whether a heavy vehicle driver can see you on the roads is a matter of life and death.

Heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses have more blind spots due to their larger size and taller height. While such vehicles have safety features such as extra mirrors, it is best that you keep a safe distance from them.

  1. When driving or riding on the roads, make sure you can see the side mirrors of the heavy vehicle; if you are not able to see the side mirrors, it means you are in the heavy vehicle’s blind spot.
  2. Make sure you are able to see the heavy vehicle driver in his side mirror; if you cannot see him, he cannot see you.
  3. Take note of the heavy vehicle’s turn signals and brake lights and prepare your next action accordingly.
  4. Keep a four-second distance from a heavy vehicle directly in front of you to stay visible, and avoid tailgating.
  5. Stay alert when driving on either side of the heavy vehicle. The vehicle’s larger size means sections of the lanes, particularly the left side, are not visible to the driver. If you have to pass on this lane, signal early and make sure the driver sees you before you pass.
  6. Be extra cautious when driving beside or behind a turning truck or bus, as heavy vehicles tend to swing wide to make a turn.
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