This is really long but it’s actually really important
a long time ago, I made this post about the “no-zone” of tractor-trailers/semi-trucks. instead of reblogging it, i wanted to remake it, to be a little clearer
generally, this is the kind of tractor-trailer you will come across:
the concern is that, as seen above, drivers of these trucks have a number of enormous blind spots. they’re primary methods of viewing the road around them are the sideview mirrors (on each side of the cab). if they cannot see anything in those mirrors, they believe that nothing is there. they have no rearview mirrors. this isn’t as necessary when driving on a highway as opposed to leaving a gas station, but it is very important to remember that if you can’t see your car in the truck’s side mirrors, the driver cannot see you and may assume that you are not there
another major issue with tractor-trailers is tailgating, when you are riding very close to the truck’s rear bumper. for one thing, this is a no-zone that stretches back very far behind the truck. the second, more dangerous, thing, is that if a truck driver must make a sudden stop, a driver will not be in a good position. for example:
you know what usually goes in that space that is now part of the truck’s axles? your head
the other problem with stopping a tractor-trailer is that it takes time. my father drove these trucks for a number of years before he moved to Florida, and he told me that it would take about 10 feet (about 3 meters) before the truck would even start to stop. plus, a fully loaded tanker (here:)
will most likely push itself forward another five feet after a complete stop as the load rushes to the front of the tank.
there are also large trucks that carry oversized loads. i’m fairly sure it is required that oversized loads are marked as such:
sometimes, there will also be one or two other vehicles with these trucks:
riding behind and/or ahead of the truck. i cannot remember who added this, but if you are on a highway, and get between an overloaded truck and the escort vehicle, it is both very stressful to the drivers and incredibly dangerous to your person
the last thing is that these trucks have an enormous turning radius. a lot of trucks will have this sticker on the back:
when a truck is on a city highway, or in a residential area, or something where right turns would be necessary, they require significantly more space than cars do. they will usually move into the next available lane so that they can make the full turn without disrupting traffic, tipping the truck, or causing harm to anything. if a truck has their right turn signal on, give them plenty of space
that’s all i can think of at this time, but all of this is very important. it is generally in one’s best interests to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and well, and these trucks are all over the place, so they sort of present increased danger
so stay safe, and stay out of the no-zone!