Truck driving is very different from driving a regular vehicle because trucks are so much bigger. One of the biggest visible differences is the fact that trucks have so many mirrors attached to them, while regular vehicles have one mirror on each side. You want to make sure that you are using your mirrors correctly when driving a truck. Here are some tips to ensure that your truck mirrors are providing the most safety.
Choosing The Right Mirrors
Though all trucks may appear to be made equal to the general public, truck drivers know that each truck is different and has specific needs. The wrong mirror could lead to blind spots, which are dangerous on the road. The right mirrors depend on the make and model of your truck.
If your truck mirrors crack or break, make sure you replace them immediately. Unlike cars, you can’t look through the back window to see your blind spot, so your mirrors need to be in tact. You also want to make sure they are clean so that you can see clearly through them. Some truck stops have mechanics and truck mirrors that you can purchase just in case something happens while you’re on the road. They also sell mirror liquids that help to keep rain and fog from staying on the glass.
A lot of newer trucks already come equipped with mirror heaters, but if your truck doesn’t have one, it is a good idea to invest in one. Heaters help your truck mirrors to defrost a lot faster during those cold winter months. Frosted mirrors reduce visibility and we don’t always have time to wait until the entire vehicle is warmed up and defrosted to get on the road, so a mirror heater is a great idea.
Technology is really helping the trucking industry and making truck driving easier. Another cool gadget is an angle sensor, which helps the truck driver when they are backing up or even warm them when they are about to pass through a narrow road. Some sensors give off a sound when you are getting too close to an object, while others have color changing lights that turn red when you are getting too close to something. This is great for driving at night or if you are trying to fit into a tight space.
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