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I overheard a conversation the other day discussing truck “no zones.” What does that mean and why is it important?

Truck “no zones,” also known as a “blind spots” are areas around the truck where the surrounding cars are not visible to the truck drivers. In other words, the truck driver cannot see the drivers around him.

These “no zones” are located directly behind the tractor-trailer, directly in front of the rig and diagonally behind from the left and right sides of the cab. Knowing where these blind spots are is important because, if the driver cannot see you an accident can occur. For example, if the truck stops abruptly, you could rear-end it. Or, if you are in front of the rig and cannot be seen, you are too close to the truck. Trucks cannot easily stop.

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