On the Arrive Alive website road, users are cautioned to drive safely and to be cautious of other road users in their blind spots. We also find some important safety suggestions:
Extra caution is however also required when sharing the roads with trucks. Few drivers, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians are aware of the limitations of a truck driver to carefully observe their movements in the blind spots around the truck.
Know the Safety Zones!!
Cutting in front of a truck can be a fatal mistake. At 80km/h, it takes the length of about a rugby field (100 metres) for a truck to come to a complete stop.
Trucks have extremely large blind spots on both sides. Even with large side-view mirrors, truck drivers can’t see everything around them. Driving in these areas can be dangerous.
Truck drivers often don’t have a rear-view mirror to look through, so they have to rely heavily on their side-view mirrors. If you’re behind a truck and can’t see the driver’s face in his or her mirror, then they can’t see you.
Trucks make wider turns than cars. So be aware that a truck may need to swing wide, either to the left or right to avoid sidewalks, signs and utility poles. Drivers who stay aware and give trucks room will be safe.