How big a truck blind spot really is

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+6 1. imagic commented 10 years ago

damn,, i knew there was a blind spot,, but this....... i am going to be even more carefull when i pass a truck
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+14 2. Itsme78 commented 10 years ago

the angel of the cabin is turned so it seems worse than if it was straight
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+33 3. dave9191 commented 10 years ago

#2 The truck is angled like that because its turning. And this is when most cyclist get caught in the wheels. So during a turn the blind spot is even worse than normal.

This is something every cyclist should see before they are allowed to hit the roads.
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+11 4. oregonn8tive commented 10 years ago

I was taught that the mirror should have only 1/4 to 1/3 filled with truck and trailer, the rest should reflect what else is there. Yes, the angle this tractor is parked will fill more of the mirror then normal on the highway and I would like to see that angle as well. Besides, "He/she had the right-of-way!" would not make a good epithet on a tombstone.
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+14 5. MindTrick commented 10 years ago

That's why i never stay alongside a truck when i'm driving my motorbike. The truck will win that battle, doesn't matter if i have the law on my side. All cyclists, and pedestrians should think the same way.
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+4 6. jackDjohnson commented 10 years ago

who sits in the blind spot of a truck that size anyfukin way... you have to have a death wish if you do ??
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+4 7. deadhorse commented 10 years ago

Cool warehouse.
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+4 8. fixento2 commented 10 years ago

With two mirrors, you can't adjust one to see the blind spot in a turn. If not, then I suggest a third mirror.
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+4 9. cameramaster commented 10 years ago

This should be compulsory viewing for all cyclists ! #6....the problem is that a lot of cyclists seem to think its the driver alone who has responsibility for their safety !( PS.I'm a long time cyclist...proof of that is I'm still here!)
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+3 10. zxoxz commented 10 years ago

This is an English truck as the steering wheel is on the right side..but this is real for sure...i drive truck in the usa & have been surprised to find someone (appear) out of nowhere after looking carefully !!
I deliver Cookies, Crackers and crumbs...i'm the guy who makes the crumbs!....(the bumps i go over)
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+3 11. bella1 commented 10 years ago

Australian 4wd owners should take some notes
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+1 12. torbengb commented 10 years ago

#6 the situation in this setup is exactly what's going to happen at every intersection. Perhaps you've never been out in traffic so let me explain that the blind area of any vehicle is not magically projected as a red illumination on the road that cyclists will know to avoid. (Patent pending!)
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+4 13. GhostInShell commented 10 years ago

Moral of this is: Let the truck go... somehow i doubt you squash and kill the driver with your 2 wheels of 6kg terror.
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-6 14. saturas commented 10 years ago

and I should believe that all those cyclists were beside that truck all the time? lol what a fake
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+2 15. bigdisnotr commented 10 years ago

.. and i can see the yellow shirt cyclist in the mirror..
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+1 16. jackDjohnson commented 10 years ago

#9 and yeah i get that, but the only danger really is if your just sitting there and the truck is going to make a turn in one direction or another !! I would generally notice the blinkers on the truck and not sit there !! LOL... and #12 yeah i get that too, but here in MI we don't have cyclists in traffic lanes, bikers use the sidewalks or at least stay to the far side of the lanes where its SAFE !! and again if I were on a bicycle i would be looking for BLINKERS before sitting next to a BIG ASS truck for any length of time especially in traffic !! ;)
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+3 17. JokerXL commented 10 years ago

This video is total rubbish. It seems to assume that the driver is a six year old child, barely tall enough to see over the steering wheel. The camera is held deliberately low, so as to exaggerate the so-called blind spot. It would appear the the driver is also unable to either observe the cyclists as he approaches the junction or he/she has not seen them all come up alongside his vehicle to get to their current, and risky, position.
Yes there is a blind spot in that corner of a large goods vehicle, but it's nowhere near as bad as it's made out in this article.

One more thing, blatantly missing in this completely misleading video is the view from (legally compulsory) third mirror on the passenger's side, above the door, facing straight down into the perceived blind spot.
Why was this deliberately ignored during the video?
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+1 18. snotraddict commented 10 years ago

Some trucks in the US have a small window low in the door to help alleviate this problem somewhat. The bottom-line is there is only so much the driver can do, please give them the space they need to safely drive in the cities.
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+2 19. Granko commented 10 years ago

#17: You are right. I don't use my side mirrors to check the color of my car or sky. If set properly much more would have been visible.
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+3 20. CrazyEddie commented 10 years ago

You can pick holes in it as much as you like, but it's still a powerful safety message for drivers and cyclists.