Blind spots, also known as areas of low visibility, are present around all motor vehicles to some extent. Even with the use of rear view and side-view mirrors, it can be challenging to have a complete view of surrounding vehicles. It is good practice to look over your shoulder and check for nearby traffic when changing lanes.
The location of a truck’s blind spots depends on its make and model. A semi-truck will have different points of obstructed view than a hazmat tanker, or garbage truck, for example. In general, though, large truck blind spots or “no zones” consist of:
- The two to three car-lengths directly in front of the truck cab.
- The two lanes immediately to the right of the cab and trailer.
- The left side of the truck from the cab to about halfway down the trailer.
- A car length or two directly behind the truck.