Truckers stress blind spot awareness

TOPEKA (KSNT) – On Monday Kansas law makers heard from the American Trucking Associations about what needs to be done to keep our highways safe.

“The more we’re out here, the better, and absolutely I believe we are making a difference,” Don Logan Truck Driver said.

Making a difference by using a Semi truck to educate lawmakers about a big issue truckers deal with on a daily basis.

“Our blind spots, everybody has blind spots, even if you’re driving a motorcycle, but typically the larger the vehicle the larger your blind spot,” Steve Field, Truck Driver said.

And the bigger the problem, which is why it’s crucial for other drivers to be aware of the four blind spots for truck drivers, starting with the front, “”Because of the elevation of the truck, Logan said.

But following too close behind can become just as much of a problem.

“You’ve seen the signs on the back of the truck, if you can’t see the driver in the mirror then he can’t see you that’s absolutely true,” Logan said.

So the key, stay as far away from the front and back as possible.

“Then in the right side our blind spot basically starts at the back of the cab and can go as far as six lanes to the right,” Logan said.

Which is why the truck drivers say the safest option for them, and other drivers is passing on the left.

“We know that we are going to be passed and we want you to get out there in the left lane on our driver’s side because that our smallest blind spot,” Logan said.

For the first time in recent years, the American Trucking Associations says they’re not looking to get any new laws passed, they just wanted emphasize Monday a way to make Kansas’ roads safer.

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