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3 Tips on How to Avoid a Semi-Trailer’s Blind Spots

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trailer on road highlighted with blind spots

Understanding how to avoid a trucker’s blind spots is key in staying safe on the road. Nearly three million commercial trucks move 9.2 billion tons of freight each year, as driving alongside a big rig is a common occurrence on the highway. Following a few simple tips to avoid being in a semi-trailer’s blind spots is vital in staying safe and avoiding a deadly accident.

Here are a few simple yet important tips to consider while you are sharing the highway with an 18-wheeler.

1. Understand the Location of Each Blind Spot

A semi-truck has three blind spots that you always need to remain aware of at all times. These blind spots include being directly behind a truck, driving on either side of the vehicle, or driving directly in front of the 18-wheeler. Always allowing for plenty of space is essential in limiting the chance of an accident and staying much safer on the road.

2. Avoid Following Too Close

Another simple tip to consider is to never follow to close to an 18-wheeler or any other vehicle. Tailgating a big rig makes it impossible to anticipate anything further down the road, which significantly increases the chance of a serious accident. Typically, it is a good idea to always give yourself around 5 seconds of following distance behind an 18-wheeler, and you need even more space if the weather is poor.

3. Pass with Care

Always passing an 18-wheeler with care is essential in driving safely. It is always a good idea to signal early and pass quickly to avoid staying in the truck’s blind spot for any lengthy amount of time. You may also experience turbulence if you are in a smaller car or a motorcycle. It is also a smart idea to give a big rig plenty of space while they are making a sharp turn.

Mount Trailer Company Has Used Semi-trailers & More

Always staying patient while sharing the road with an 18-wheeler is critical in staying safe and avoiding a serious accident. Mount Trailer Company is a business that focuses on selling used semi-trailers, as we have other five decades worth of experience in the trucking industry. We also offer a large inventory of parts, and we provide free repair estimates.

Feel free to give us a phone call to learn more about buying used semi-trailers and the importance of safety on the road!

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