Driving safely around trucks
Transurban research reveals that drivers are taking unnecessary risks when driving around trucks, with many people unaware when they’re in a truck’s blind spot.
Due to their length and height, large trucks have blind spots immediately in front of them, directly behind, beside the driver door and a significant area on the passenger side. Alarmingly, only 4% of drivers from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane were able to correctly identify all truck blind spots, while 81% could identify at least one blind spot.
There is particularly low awareness of blind spots located in front of trucks, with only 20-24% of people understanding that truck drivers can’t see them when they’re travelling in these zones. Perhaps as a result of this, feelings of safety when driving around heavy vehicles are mixed, with 41% of drivers reporting feeling unsafe when driving around large trucks.
Percentage of people surveyed who could identify each truck blind spot
Low awareness of truck blind sports can lead to incidents such as sideswipes or rear-end crashes, which are some of the most common incidents Transurban responds to across our road network.
Road transport accounts for nearly a third of all freight in Australia, moving most of the commodities made and used around the country — things like food, fuel, household appliances and online shopping will generally reach their destinations by road.
With even more trucks expected on the road as the freight task grows, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re aware of truck blind spots and how to safely share the road with larger vehicles.