What is the No Zone?
More commonly referred to as a blind spot, the "no-zone" of a truck is where any standard motorist should avoid driving. In the last several years, trucking companies have been more adamant about including signs on the rear of commercial vehicles to indicate where these zones are.
Unlike a small or midsize vehicle, a commercial truck has large blind spots on all four sides. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has outlined on their website the approximate distance that cars should be from the truck when driving near or passing:
- More than 20 feet to the front
- More than 30 feet away from the rear
- If possible, no closer than two-lane lengths away from the right side
- Leave one lane of room to the left if not passing
The FMCSA also recommends only passing large trucks on the left side where you can clearly see the driver.
Why Motorists Should Be Cautious
With over 500,000 truck accidents occurring each year, it's estimated that over 80% of those are caused by cars driving unsafely within the no-zone. Considering this, motorists must exercise caution and safe driving skills when driving next to a large truck. This means eliminate distractions, go at safe speeds, and avoid cutting them off - this is especially crucial considering it takes longer for a truck to stop than a regular car.
Remember, if you cannot see the driver, they cannot see you. It's the responsibility of all motorists to decrease truck accidents, so be aware of blind spots when driving.
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