Have you ever been forced into another lane, or off the road, by an 18-wheeler?
It’s a common occurrence and is scary for even the most experienced drivers.
Big rig drivers have such large blind spots it’s not surprising that so many accidents involve tractor trailers.
18-wheeler trucks bring a certain extra level of danger to the roads and the patrons surrounding them. These big rig trucks have blind spots in front, on both sides and behind the large rig. Since the driver may not be able to see you, you may experience a time when the 18-wheeler will move over in to your lane without seeing you – in turn, forcing you out of the way!
It is important for you to be knowledgeable about the “danger zones” when driving next to, or even close to, an 18-wheeler truck on any road or highway. Staying out of the blind spots will drastically reduce your odds of an accident with a large semi-truck.
- 20 feet in front
- On both sides
- 30 feet behind
Although the length of the danger zones on both sides of a truck can be unknown, it is important to use extreme caution when passing one of these large rigs on the highway. Riding alongside a large truck for any length of time can cause you to ride in their blind spot, putting you in danger.
If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable near an 18-wheeler truck, consider changing lanes if you can do so safely to avoid their blind spots. The size difference between a typical tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds and a standard passenger car weighing 5,000 pounds is an obvious reason to give the tractor trailer adequate road space.