Trucks have huge blind spots, and are not able to see cyclists trying to pass them, or when entering intersections, making right-hand turns.

These images have been taken from inside a large truck.

Image looking outside the front of a large truck
Looking outside a large truck, large blind spot in the front
Image looking at the side mirror of a large truck
Looking at the side mirrors on the left hand side of a truck
Image looking out the right side of a large truck
Looking at the right side mirror of a large truck
Image of the small window at the right side of a large truck
Looking at the small window on the right side of a truck

 

TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides – which further increases their blind spots.

NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.

When stopped at an intersection, assume a position IN FRONT OF or well BEHIND the truck, NEVER BESIDE. Stay far enough back to be visible in the side view mirror, out of the driver’s blind spot to prevent being crushed by a right-turning vehicle. Also leave extra room behind to prevent a ‘roll-back’ collision. Heavy loads can cause the truck to roll back.

Trucks require a lot of space to stop, so ensure there is adequate distance for the truck to stop before pulling in front of a truck.

Additionally, trucks passing cyclists (in either direction) can create a gust of wind powerful enough to throw a cyclist off balance. When anticipating a large truck, stop pedalling (unclip if you need to), and concentrate on keeping your front wheel straight.

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