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Be aware of driving near trucks

 Last weekend viral accident involving Hyundai Palisade SUV and truck that rolled on cipularang km 91 toll road. The incident that took place on Saturday (16/10/2021) caused the body of the car broken, as well as a long traffic jam that snagged on the toll road.

The accident also left one person dead, the driver of the Palisade. The driver is known as Yan Bastian, who is the Director of PT Indomarco Prismatama, the manager of indomaret minimarket network.

In the Hyundai Palisade vehicle there were also seven other passengers who were injured. The accident began with the truck driver who lost control when the road conditions declined and made the truck by then hit the SUV that was nearby.

Safety near the truck

Driving with a large vehicle needs to be aware of the potential dangers that are nearby. Accidents involving large vehicles with small vehicles have often occurred repeatedly.

In addition to the factor of accidents can occur from the ability of the driver who is lacking, the driver's viewing area with the surroundings of the vehicle is also very limited. This makes the driver around a large vehicle need to play an active role in maintaining safety in driving.

One of them knows the blind spot of the big vehicle, mostly trucks. The blind spots of the truck are on the front, rear, left and right sides. Avoid these dangerous points as soon as possible, if you can get away from the truck immediately. First if our vehicle is faster or keep a distance if between the truck and our vehicle has the same speed.

In addition to knowing whether we are inside the blind spot of the truck or not is to look at the reflection on the rearview mirror of the truck. If we can see the truck driver it means we're not in their blind spot.

truck blind spot
truck blind spot


You can also use the honking method to notify the truck driver. This is usually done if it is in traffic density so that truck drivers are aware of going around.

In addition, driving near large vehicles such as trucks also needs supervision and patience. Sometimes the truck is maneuvering to change lanes to maintain momentum during inclines or descents, should the driver not risk being too close. Give time for the truck to maneuver afterwards if it is considered safe to pass, immediately skip and stay away.

Finally, make sure the condition of the vehicle is good for trips that require power and safety. Before traveling do not forget to check the vehicle whether it is roadworthy or not.

Reflecting on the case that befell the Hyundai Palisade above, an alert attitude towards the surrounding environment while driving is also needed. Especially on the motorway that shares space with other vehicles that have different dimensions and motion capabilities.

Drivers are required to be careful. This is also not separated from the possibility of accidents because other drivers may not be in a fit condition or their driving ability is reduced due to fatigue. For this reason, high alert is still needed near large vehicles. 

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