Topic

RESTRICTED VIEW

BLIND SPOTS

These can occur when bodywork restricts your view through the mirrors. You should be aware that different types of vehicles have different blind spots.

Always take the time to check where your blind spots are at the earliest opportunity when driving a vehicle that is unfamiliar to you.

If you are aware of the point when a vehicle disappears from view in your mirrors, then you can take steps to prevent an accident by checking that blind spot area before changes of direction.

Good use of the mirrors when driving will help you to be aware of a vehicle in your blind spot areas.

MOVING OFF

Because the body of your vehicle is designed to take loads, your view around it will be restricted. Take extra care to look well out of the window to check the blind spots. Don’t forget to check all the mirrors. Check ahead and signal, if necessary, before moving off.

Using your mirrors

Whenever you move off, you must check your mirrors and blind spots

When you’ve decided it’s safe to move, signal your intention to other road users what you’re going to do by turning on your indicators.

On a large vehicle the nearside mirror is very important and it’s essential to use it before moving off.

You must check for pedestrians and cyclists along the nearside of your vehicle. Cyclists may ride up on your nearside while you’re stationary.

As you pass pedestrians or vehicles on your left you should use your nearside mirror and check that you are passing them safely. Leave a safety margin before you move back to the left.

REMEMBER
Always use the MSM routine when you’re approaching a hazard.
M – Mirror: check the position of the traffic behind you.

S – Signal: signal your intention to slow down or change course in good time.

M – Manoeuvre: a manoeuvre is any change in position, from slowing or stopping the vehicle to turning off a busy road.

 

REVERSING

Don’t take chances when reversing in a confined space. It is too easy to crush or kill someone without knowing they are in danger.

If your vehicle is fitted with an audible reversing alarm or a camera use this to assist you but do not rely on them.

Always double-check, and if in doubt get help from a reliable person.

TURNING LEFT

When making a left turn with a long vehicle you may have to adopt an unusual position well over to the centre of the road. Always signal your intentions in good time, and make good use of the nearside mirror.

Be alert for less experienced road users putting themselves in danger by coming up along your nearside.

TURNING RIGHT

if you intend to turn right, check your righthand (offside) mirror first. You need to ensure that all your mirrors are adjusted to give a clear view around  your vehicle.

They should be kept clean at all times and in a good state of repair

JUNCTIONS

When driving large vehicles, windscreen pillars and large mirrors can easily create large blind spots as you look left and right at junctions.

Altering your body position slightly while taking observation can give you a much improved view of the traffic. If in doubt, look again. Reassess the situation.

When emerging, if you can’t see, then don’t go. There could be an approaching cyclist or motorcyclist hidden by parked vehicles. Ease forward until you can see clearly past the vehicles