What Are the Blind Spots On a Semi-Truck?

large commercial trucks on a highway

We know that all vehicles have blind spots — areas around the vehicle where the driver cannot see others on the road. These blind spots are much larger on a large commercial truck, creating numerous dangers for any driver in the nearby area.

It’s crucial to recognize the various blind spots on a semi-truck because they can be significantly dangerous. Below, we’ll help you understand the blind spots of which you need to be aware.

In Front of the Truck

In front of the truck, the “blind spot” is within the first 20 feet. If you drive within 20 feet in front of the truck, it becomes much more difficult for the truck driver to stop should you brake erratically. If you were to pass a truck and merge in front of the commercial truck, you should be sure to give plenty of space.

Next to the Truck

In the lanes next to the truck, the blind spots (or no zones) begin at the driver’s and passenger’s side doors and extend backward diagonally. So on the right side, the blind spot can go two lanes over. On the left side, it’s mainly in the next lane but can extend further depending on how many lanes there are on the road.

Behind the Truck

Behind the truck, there are about 30 feet that the driver cannot see. You may see the signs on the truck that state if you’re unable to see the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you, and it’s true. So if you’re driving too close, it’s very dangerous.

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