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How big is a truck's blind spots?

How big is a truck's blind spots?

(0:54) Cyclists must watch, especially Londoners. Six cyclists have been killed on the capital's roads in two weeks.

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Ace7 Ace7 (1428 days ago)
That is why it is important for truck drivers to adjust their mirrors to see traffic and not the side of the truck. The cab is only at a slight angle and the top mirror is filled by a third of the cab and all the trailer and the bottom mirror is half the cab. Moving them in their correct positions would make a huge difference, surely.
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That is why it is important for truck drivers to adjust their mirrors to see traffic and not the side of the truck. The cab is only at a slight angle and the top mirror is filled by a third of the cab and all the trailer and the bottom mirror is half the cab. Moving them in their correct positions would make a huge difference, surely.
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Guest: K (1428 days ago)
Who has right of way at a junction. If the lorry has it's indicator on before the bikes showed up has the right of way, bikes should queue behind it. If the bikes were first at the lights then the lorry should of waited behind the bikes. It's a queue for a reason. Nobody should be able to jump ahead of the queue except for emergency vehicles.
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Who has right of way at a junction. If the lorry has it's indicator on before the bikes showed up has the right of way, bikes should queue behind it. If the bikes were first at the lights then the lorry should of waited behind the bikes. It's a queue for a reason. Nobody should be able to jump ahead of the queue except for emergency vehicles.
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Guest: Safe American Driver (1428 days ago)
Is it standard practice in the UK for a lorry to make a left turn from a right lane? Can the cyclists see the indicator lights after they have already passed the rear of the lorry? If a lorry driver is unable to see due to a huge blind spot, then they need to fix that problem and not put the blame on the cyclists. Couple possible solutions would be a better mirror or a camera system.
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Is it standard practice in the UK for a lorry to make a left turn from a right lane? Can the cyclists see the indicator lights after they have already passed the rear of the lorry? If a lorry driver is unable to see due to a huge blind spot, then they need to fix that problem and not put the blame on the cyclists. Couple possible solutions would be a better mirror or a camera system.
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Guest: me not you (1426 days ago)
yes, trucks turn left from a right lane where the turning is tight (we don't have roads as wide as in the US) and yes, cyclists (and other people) can see the indicators once they have passed the rear of the truck - as there are side indicators sometimes on the mirrors, along the side of the truck. In this case there is an indicator above the wheel of the truck.
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yes, trucks turn left from a right lane where the turning is tight (we don't have roads as wide as in the US) and yes, cyclists (and other people) can see the indicators once they have passed the rear of the truck - as there are side indicators sometimes on the mirrors, along the side of the truck. In this case there is an indicator above the wheel of the truck.
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Guest: Geordie Lad (1412 days ago)
Latest comment: If you're a cyclist and you get yourself into a position where the driver may not see you, then you have no one to blame but yourself if the truck drives over your head, it's arrogance on the part of the cyclist to assume they can be seen at all times, would you do the same thing in a small car, I doubt it.
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Latest comment: If you're a cyclist and you get yourself into a position where the driver may not see you, then you have no one to blame but yourself if the truck drives over your head, it's arrogance on the part of the cyclist to assume they can be seen at all times, would you do the same thing in a small car, I doubt it.
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glortman glortman (1427 days ago)
Don't miss the point: right of way, or no right of way, properly or improperly aimed mirrors... none of it matters if a lorry is rolling over your face. Be careful around big rigs, and lorry drivers, be careful at intersections.
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Don't miss the point: right of way, or no right of way, properly or improperly aimed mirrors... none of it matters if a lorry is rolling over your face. Be careful around big rigs, and lorry drivers, be careful at intersections.
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Guest: TT (1425 days ago)
This is an issue of ignorance and some times impatience. Correctly ajusted mirrors are important but it's not quite a solution. With an articulated HGV such as this the blind spots change constantly whilst it is in motion. The issue with this pictured situation is either one of two things. 1. the HGV driver has disregarded the safety of the cyclists by pulling up alongside them rather than wait behind or; 2, the cyclists have cycled up the inside of the waiting HGV and have not been educated as to the fact that they are in the intended path of the trailer and also possibly within the drivers blind spot. I feel a worthy addition to this video would be a breif explination as to why a left turning HGV would move over to the right. Some who are ignorant of how these vehicles are driven may wrongly assume it is to allow cyclists to pull up like this. I like this video, things like this are a huge help in educating everyone as to how the roads work and why.
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This is an issue of ignorance and some times impatience. Correctly ajusted mirrors are important but it's not quite a solution. With an articulated HGV such as this the blind spots change constantly whilst it is in motion. The issue with this pictured situation is either one of two things. 1. the HGV driver has disregarded the safety of the cyclists by pulling up alongside them rather than wait behind or; 2, the cyclists have cycled up the inside of the waiting HGV and have not been educated as to the fact that they are in the intended path of the trailer and also possibly within the drivers blind spot. I feel a worthy addition to this video would be a breif explination as to why a left turning HGV would move over to the right. Some who are ignorant of how these vehicles are driven may wrongly assume it is to allow cyclists to pull up like this. I like this video, things like this are a huge help in educating everyone as to how the roads work and why.
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Guest: originalmad (1425 days ago)
a simple solution would be to have cameras in the mirrors and maybe on the side of the trailers and a small screen in the dash. i guess the cost of installation would be quickly recovered in lower insurance costs
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a simple solution would be to have cameras in the mirrors and maybe on the side of the trailers and a small screen in the dash. i guess the cost of installation would be quickly recovered in lower insurance costs
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