Fleet Safety Tip of the Week: Staying Out of Blind Spots
Here’s some advice from Wisconsin’s DMV on how to increase the likelihood that other drivers will see you. You may want to pass this along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.
- Don’t drive in another vehicle’s blind spot -- the area on either side of, and slightly to the rear of, another vehicle. Either speed up or drop back so the other driver can see your vehicle more easily.
- When passing another vehicle, get through the other driver’s blind spot as quickly as you can. The longer you stay there, the longer you’re in danger because they may not see you.
- Never stay alongside or right behind a large vehicle such as a truck
or bus. Many drivers think truck drivers can see the road better because they sit twice as high as the driver of a car. While truckers can see ahead better, and trucks have bigger mirrors, they have major blind spots. A car can disappear from their view while it is up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of the truck (especially alongside the cab), and up to 200 feet behind. These areas are all part of what is called the “No Zone.” Drivers who travel in the “No Zone” restrict a trucker’s ability to take action to avoid a dangerous situation — and the possibility of a crash is increased.
- A good rule of thumb for drivers sharing the road with a truck or bus is: If you can’t see the truck or bus driver in their side mirror, they can’t see you.