Blind spots are a serious concern for heavy vehicles as these can impact the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on the road. Blind spots are essentially areas that are not visible to the driver and if there happens to be a pedestrian in that area, the driver will not be aware of it. And this can increase the risk of a collision occurring.

You can install additional mirrors so that the driver has better visibility and this can help eliminate blind spots. But before installation, you first need to identify the area that is not visible to the driver and position the mirrors strategically so that the driver gets the maximum view of the area that is obscured. This is usually the rear and sides of the vehicle. There is also blind spot monitoring systems that you can look into which actually use sensors to detect objects in the blind spots. Whenever an obstacle, a human or an animal is detected, it will provide a warning to the driver visually and also as an audio alert. There are also sensors that will provide the same audio warning outside the vehicle so that a pedestrian is aware of the heavy vehicle and will ensure they are at a safe distance from it. These sensors can be integrated with cameras so that you have a good visual of the blind spot.

Technology

Can be a great help in helping you detect objects in blind spots around the vehicle so that you get real time information about objects in your surroundings. This will actively help prevent accidents. There should be periodic training given to drivers of heavy vehicles to make sure they practice safe driving. The training can help drivers adjust their driving habits so that they can reduce blind spots and avoid driving too closely to pedestrians and other vehicles. They can be taught to position the vehicle in such a way that visibility is maximised. Regular maintenance should be carried out to ensure that monitoring systems to detect blind spots are working effectively. This can include checking and updating the calibration of sensors. And before each journey, the drivers should be taught to carry out an inspection to check whether the cameras are clean and working properly. And upgrades or repairs can be done at periodic maintenance or when an issue comes up before this time. 

It is not enough to install monitoring systems;

The drivers should be trained to use these systems to maximum effectiveness. They should be educated on how to interpret the information given by the systems and how they can adjust additional mirrors to increase visibility. Vehicle manufacturers should also take blind spots into account during the design and production process of heavy vehicles. Some of the features that can be incorporated are larger windows, advanced cameras and sensors. Fleet managers, drivers and construction logistics professionals should stay updated when it comes to advancements in monitoring technologies for blind spots. 

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