Trucks, Tractor-Trailers, Buses and RVs
Trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and recreational vehicles (RVs) – including motor homes, campers and travel trailers – are longer, higher and wider than other vehicles. They accelerate slowly and require greater stopping and turning distances. Plus, there are danger areas around these vehicles where crashes are more likely to occur. These are called No-Zones on the side, front, and rear and also include blind spots where your car disappears from the driver’s view. Learning No-Zones can save your life.
Side No-Zones: Trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and RVs have big No-Zones on both sides that are dangerous because these vehicles must make wide turns. These No-Zones or blind spots are larger than your car’s blind spots. If you can’t see the driver’s face in his side view mirror, then they can’t see you.
Rear No-Zones: Trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and RVs have huge No-Zones directly behind them. The driver can’t see your car behind his vehicle and you can’t see what’s happening in traffic ahead of their vehicle. If the truck, bus or RV brakes or stops suddenly, you have no place to go and could crash into the vehicle’s rear-end.