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How to avoid a truck's no-zone

If you're on the nation's highways, you're sharing them with some pretty big rigs. If you want to stay safe, it's important to keep out of the "no-zone" of the trucks around you.

Semis and other large vehicles have some fairly significant blind spots. The smaller your vehicle, the faster you can essentially disappear into one of those blind spots. Once you're where the truck's driver can't see you, you're at greater risk of an accident. Those are the no-zones.

Improving your chances of staying safe out there on the road means learning to spot those no-zones. It's as simple as that.

How do you do it? Follow this guide:

1. Can you see the driver?

If you can see the driver's face in truck's side mirrors, the driver can also see you. If you can't, you're practically invisible to the trucker. Get out of that no-zone as fast as is safely possible!

2. Are you too close to the cab?

Because of the way a semi's cab is angled, they have a blind spot that's almost right in front of them. Depending on how fast the traffic is going, that no-zone can extend quite far from the front of the cab -- as much as 20 feet! Don't cut directly in front of a truck, and stay out of that space when you're in the same lane.

3. Are you on the truck's right side?

There's a blind spot that extends two lanes out from the right side of a semi's cab. Cars on the right should try to stay just ahead of the cab or several feet behind the end of the truck's trailer to stay out of the no-zone.

4. Are you directly behind the truck?

You need to stay back at least 30 feet from the end of a truck. Anywhere closer puts you in tremendous danger.

It's often necessary to cross into a no-zone when you pass a truck or the truck passes you. Be conscious of the process and try to make eye contact with the driver through the side mirror. Limit the amount of time you're in a no-zone as much as possible — even if it means going a little slower.

If you are in a truck accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Learning more about the possibility can be helpful.

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