Driver: How to avoid blind spots on a truck?
Blind spots, also known as blind spots or blind spots, are those vehicle angles where the driver is not able to see and control what is happening.
When driving any vehicle (motorcycle, car, truck) these blind spots usually occur and can cause many accidents.
That is why from Chris Shilling Transport Training, our academy for the professional driver, we want to tell you in this post how you can avoid blind spots in a truck.
For the driver: Tips to avoid blind spots
Here are some tips to avoid as much as possible blind spots, responsible for increasing accidents between vehicles.
- Adjust vehicle seat and mirrors
It is essential to correctly adjust the seat to be comfortable and also to be able to maneuver without difficulties and have good visibility. Regarding the rearview mirrors, it should be noted that these, if correctly adjusted, are capable of considerably reducing blind spots. To adjust them correctly you must bear in mind that you should not only see the end of the vehicle as many think but what you should see is a small part so that it only helps you to have a reference of space and distance. If you saw too much bodywork, your field of vision would decrease.
- Look at the variation of the headlights
If you drive at night this tip will be very useful. Looking at the variation of the headlights will help the driver to know the approximate speed of the cars coming from behind, avoiding possible accidents, especially when overtaking.
3. Using the turn signals
One of the tips that we give you from our academy is that to avoid accidents caused by the blind spots of the vehicle always use the turn signals, in order to warn all the vehicles that are behind the truck.
- Pay special attention to motorcyclists
You should pay special attention to motorcyclists. This is because these vehicles have a very small volume and it is much easier for them to go unnoticed by other vehicles, especially trucks.
- Overtake the body
You should not stop paying attention to the road but sometimes moving your body a little forward to look in the rear view mirror can help you avoid blind spots.
When you are driving a truck, it can be difficult to see the blind spots directly in front of and behind your vehicle. When entering or leaving an intersection, for example, don’t trust that other drivers will give you enough space. Keep scanning the area around your vehicle while waiting at stoplights or following emergency vehicles with their lights flashing so as not to hit them from behind when they make a turn.
Similarly, if there is someone on foot walking up ahead of you who might cross into your lane unexpectedly (perhaps because he has headphones playing) brake early and often before proceeding forward; this prevents both parties from becoming involved in a dangerous situation due to lack of communication between pedestrians reading cell phones versus motorists paying attention to shared public spaces like sidewalks.
Let’s talk about how to avoid this hazard on the road.
A truck can be a dangerous thing when you’re in its blind spots and don’t know where it is, so here are some tips for avoiding them altogether: try not driving next to trucks or other large vehicles; if there isn’t enough room between your car and another vehicle, then back up until that gap gets bigger; never assume anything–always look before changing lanes around either of these types of cars.
Follow the advice we give you in this post to avoid accidents due to blind spots and vehicles and pay close attention when overtaking and also when making lane changes. It is in these two situations that more accidents occur due to blind spots.
It is also important that you pay special attention when driving through roundabouts, as this is another situation where blind spots can cause more collisions between vehicles.
We hope this post helps you drive correctly and reduce accidents that take place on the roads due to blind spots.