VIDEO - Sharing the Road With Heavy Trucks

video iconProfessional truck drivers offer motorists unique insights into the limits of tractor-trailers and what drivers can do to safely maneuver around large vehicles on the highway.


Keep Right Except to Pass

Sorry but I'm NOT impressed with these "professional" drivers in the left lane.  KEEP RIGHT was hammered into me when I got my Class A Chauffeur's licence .... that was 14 licences ago.

Yes, it's been in the BC MVA ever since then but rarely enforced.  Todd Stone got into it with a whole mess of additional wording recently but the basic concept was (and still is) based on courtesy.

Proper mirrors do not leave as massive blind spots as the video shows.  But quite right .... if you can't see the driver's face in the mirrors, he/she can't see you.  Personally, I never drive or ride beside a semi. Fall back or go a ways ahead but don't hold him/her up. If something unexpected happens, don't dive into hi/her escape route .... because it will get very crowded in a short time.

BTW - Have you ever been beside a heavy truck when a tire blows?  It'll put you into the next lane over or worse if you're on a motorcycle. 

Sharing the road with heavy trucks

I noticed the same thing. Telling drivers to pass on the left then show the driver cruising along in the left lane.

Is North America behind most of the rest of the world regarding safety features in trucks? Features installed in cars are now in commercial vehicles. Blind spot monitors, rear view cameras, lane departure, interactive cruise control, stability control are either optional or standard equipment. Anyone know if they are here?

Mirror adjustment

One thing I have noticed when doing driver improvement coaching is how many drivers have badly aimed mirrors that create a much bigger blind spot than necessary. For some reason, most truck mirrors are aimed so that half of the mirror is filled with your own trailer, effectively making a 6 inch wide mirror only 3 inches wide. You only need a sliver of your own trailer in your mirror as a reference point to ensure correct aim and then use the rest of the mirror for what it is needed for. I know what I look like, I don't need to see myself in my mirrors. I want them aimed at the unknown.

blind spot.

I'm with CHECK RIDE....mirrors which are not doing the job, need adjustment. In the case of "west coast" mirrors, if 30% of your rear view is used by your own trailer, you are missing the information which would have been afforded by seeing almost 2 complete lanes over to the right. (not that you should be in the 3rd left, but there are places like L.A. or the East Coast where you could be in that lane.)

Personally, I have 4 mirrors on the right side of my truck. A big convex on top, angled to pickup almost everything from my fender back, the westcoaster, another convex under that, and the one above my window which shows straight down beside the truck. (Peterbilt.) So if one is paying attention, there is a world of info to be had using those 4, and noone should be able to sneak into your blind spot as you would have noted their position before they got into it.

I always figured that adjusting the mirrors was just something you did before hitting the road, like making sure your windows were clean, no flat tires, load secured, that kinda thing.


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