What is the No-Zone? While truck drivers sit higher than other vehicles, their visibility is severely limited by multiple blind spots–called No-Zones. Motorists should stay out of the No-Zones to allow commercial motor vehicles to take evasive actions as needed.
One study found that 71 percent of large-truck crashes occurred when a truck driver was doing something besides driving (USDOT). This includes:
Traveling at 55mph, it takes a loaded tractor-trailer 196 feet to stop. In adverse conditions, double your following distance.
Navigating while driving takes your attention away from the road, where conditions change very quickly.
Take note of vehicles on every side, and do not assume that other vehicles know your blind spots.
Staying awake for 24 hours is comparable to having a BAC of roughly 0.10 (Dawson & Reid, 1997).
Dawson, D., & Reid, K. (1997). Fatigue, alcohol and performance impairment. Nature, 388, 235.