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Can a truck’s blind spot be reduced?

One of the problems for large trucks driving down Texas highways is that they have a larger blind spot than many other vehicles. Cars that drive into these blind spots are at major risk for collisions and auto accidents. While truck blind spots cannot be fully eliminated, there are ways that truck drivers can minimize their vehicle's blind spots.

According to Truckers Report, truckers may employ several options to try and reduce blind spot hazards. Some truck drivers will put warning notices across their tractors to warn motorists to stay out of their blind spots. However, this option depends on nearby motorists heeding the warning and keeping their distance from a truck's blind spot. If a motorist does end up in a blind spot, it can be very dangerous if the truck driver does not know about it.

Truckers may try to reduce truck blind spots by installing more mirrors on their trucks. Placing two mirrors on both the left-hand and the right-hand side of the truck’s hood results in the trucker having more coverage of the road. By mounting a pair of folding side mirrors, blind spots in the right and left lanes can be minimized. Also, by placing another mirror on the passenger’s side of the truck, the trucker has greater visibility of vehicles passing on the right-hand side.

However, these added mirrors may not help as much if the trucker cannot spot an approaching motorist in the reflections of their mirrors. Truckers have to handle the challenge of handling their vehicle on the road and may not be able to check all of their mirrors as frequently as they wish. Sometimes truckers will employ technical solutions to assist their driving. These may include fish eye mirrors, back up sensors, tones that sound off audibly for the driver to hear, and wide angled cameras. These accessories help truckers by offering alerts when traffic approaches from the left, right, the back, or if a motorist cuts in front of the truck.  

This article is intended to inform the reader about truck blind spots and is not to be taken as legal advice.

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