ATA video raises awareness about blind spots

ATA unveils final part of its animated video series on safety, with latest instalment focusing on avoiding truck blind spots

September 6, 2013

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has unveiled the last of its three-part animated video series on truck safety, with the final instalment focusing on avoiding a truck’s blind spots.

The video reminds road users if they cannot see a truck’s rearview mirrors, the truck driver cannot see them.

It outlines the major blind spots on a truck, which are directly behind the vehicle, in close next to the passenger side door, and coming up behind the driver side door.

ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says it is difficult for a truck driver to watch out for surrounding cars when they linger in a truck’s blind spots.

"When driving around trucks, it’s important for motorists to be seen. Our blind spots are larger and in different places than in your average passenger car," ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says.

"By being aware and minimising time in these blind spots, motorists can help truck drivers make sure they have plenty of space when changing lanes, braking or manoeuvring."

St Clair says the videos, along with the ATA’s Truckies Top Tips, is helping car drivers avoid dangerous situations on the road.

All three videos are available online and will be on display in the ATA’s safety demonstration truck.

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