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Understanding blind spots surrounding big rigs

When you drive, you probably recognize that there are numerous blind spots that you have to check to avoid crashing into another person. Blind spots exist for most vehicles, even those with relatively good mirror set ups and window alignments.

In larger vehicles, blind spots tend to become more significant. This is partially because mirrors can only see so far along the side of a vehicle. In the case of a big rig, the driver may not be able to see along the side of the vehicle or behind the vehicle.

Why do big rigs have so many blind spots?

The first reason is height. The vehicle itself is so tall, in many cases, that the driver can't look out a back window over the load. That makes it impossible to use a rear-view mirror.

The second reason is because of length. A truck has a long body, so even with mirrors, it's possible that a portion of the road next to the vehicle will be difficult to see due to the angle of the mirrors.

With the combination of a long body and height that makes it impossible to use a rear-view mirror, these vehicles are extremely dangerous. For drivers, the best thing to remember is to make sure you can see the driver's mirrors. Usually, if you can see the mirror, then the driver can see you.

How can you prevent an accident caused by blind spots?

To help big-rig drivers, remember not to stay in blind spots when you're around trucks. You should always back off enough to see the mirrors if the truck is ahead of you, and you should not hang out next to the truck when possible. If the driver needs to merge, they may not be able to see you and could come into your lane unexpectedly.

In your own vehicle, make sure to arrange your mirrors and to check your blind spots by physically turning and looking out toward the back window of your vehicle. Even smaller cars have blind spots, so making sure the lane you're merging into is clear is a good way to avoid hitting another vehicle.

These are a few things you should know about blind spots. They're dangerous to everyone on the roads, but by making sure to double check your surroundings and to adjust your mirrors appropriately, you can help people avoid collisions on the road.

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