DO YOU KNOW THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE BLIND SPOT ON A TRUCK?
50% OF CYCLISTS DON’T KNOW WHERE THE BLIND SPOT IS LOCATED
Research conducted by Veilig Verkeer Nederland has revealed that almost 50% of cyclists cycle in a truck’s blind spot. They have no idea where the blind spot is located, thereby putting their lives at risk! After all, half of accidents involving blind spots really are fatal! In 2017, 20 cyclists died and 140 people were admitted to hospital as a result of a road traffic accident involving a cyclist and a truck. What’s more, just a fifth of cyclists try to make eye contact with the truck driver, whilst this is just as important for preventing accidents involving blind spots. Are you aware of the blind spot or could you do with a refresher course too?
WHERE DOES IT GO WRONG?
Lorries are not actually designed for urban areas. The high cab doesn’t give a truck driver a good view of what’s happening next to his truck. Cyclists, pedestrians and other road users standing at the side underneath the window cannot be seen by the driver. Things go wrong when the truck turns right and the cyclist goes straight on. The cyclist, who legally has the right of way, assumes that the truck driver is able to see him, but this is often not the case.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THE BLIND SPOT PROBLEM?
The blind spot problem has been keeping the government, logistics companies and social organisations busy for years. Various measures have been taken to increase safety surrounding lorries, but this has turned out to be insufficient. Do you want to help to prevent the blind spot problem too? If so, make sure you know where the blind spot is located.
Information about the blind spot
One of these measures is information, such as government campaigns and blind spot classes. In fact, you could say that road users are now aware of the blind spot in lorries, but they’re not, which is why Veilig Verkeer Nederland is launching a free app called ‘Uit de dode hoek’ (Out of the blind spot). Parents and their children can use it to enjoy learning where a truck’s blind spot is located.
On site warning against the blind spot
Research has revealed that 50% of cyclists are unaware that they are in the truck’s blind spot and 80% don’t make eye contact with the driver. How great would it be if cyclists were alerted to this? There is a blind spot assistant that alerts both the driver and the fellow road user. With its sound and light signals, the lisa2alert blind spot assistant focuses on the interaction between the truck driver and other road users as soon as he decides to turn right.