It is very important that we all know what the NO-Zones of a trailer or truck are and thus avoid driving in these areas. Respecting these spaces can help reduce traffic accidents.
It is very important to know how to drive when you are near large trucks and to know that they take up more space when turning, that they take up more space when braking and especially that they have more blind spots than a regular car.
The dimensions of a trailer are up to 10 times larger than that of a normal car. This affects their ability to turn around and even change lanes, especially when smaller drivers are in their vicinity.
These blind spots of a truck are commonly referred to as NO-Zone,in reference to the danger of driving there.
You should know that in the blind spots of a trailer, the driver will not see if it occurs to you to drive on those sides. It is best not to stay at these points for longer than necessary.
What is the NO-ZONE?
Many states have the same concept of the word NO-Zone,but the New York Governor’s Road Safety Committee describes it as follows:
“The No-Zone refers to blind spot areas around large commercial vehicles, or areas where cars are so close to the truck or bus, that the driver’s ability to stop or maneuver safely is restricted,” the Committee explains on its website.
It is very important that you know that the No-Zone is not the responsibility of the trucker, but of the driver since he must stay away from the blind spots of the truck all the time to avoid a tragedy.
Each truck has, at all times, 4 prohibited zones:
– No front zones: about 20-25 feet
– Rear no-go zones: about 200 feet
– Side no-go zones (right): covers about 2 lanes – Side no-go zones (left): covers about 1 lane
Driving near behind trucks can be dangerous for two reasons:
– Most likely, you will drive in the blind spot of the truck.
– You will not be able to see the road ahead or have time to react if the truck needs to stop