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What are the “no zones” of a semi truck?

A previous post talked about the "no zones" of large trucks, along with some other advice for safely sharing the roads with big trucks. The "no zones" are an important subject. Every driver in Illinois needs to be educated in these blind spots and how to safely navigate them. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes you need to stay out of a truck's "no zones" at all times. You cannot do this if you do not fully understand where they are. There is a no zone on every side of a large truck. You will find them in front, behind and on each side. To stay safe, you should never drive in the 30 foot area behind a truck. If you are in front of a truck, you need to be at least 20 feet from the front of it.

On the sides, the blind spots are much bigger and more difficult to describe. The left side's blind spot covers the lane immediately to its left from about the middle of the bed up to the driver's window. On the right side, the blind spot spreads over two lanes and out to the side from the front of the truck.

The best way to ensure you are not in a no zone is to look for the driver in his side mirror. If you cannot see him, then he cannot see you. If you find yourself in a blind spot, pay special attention to the truck and try to move out of the spot as quickly as possible. This information is intended for informational purposes only and not as legal advice.

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