ARRIVE Alive’s Imperial Scholar Patrol started an initiative to raise awareness about truck blind spots recently, focusing primarily on schools.
Campaigns included demonstrations where a Tanker Services truck was parked at the school and teachers were asked to climb behind the steering wheel with access to all the mirrors.
Pupils are then positioned around the truck, and the specific areas where pupils would be out of line of sight from the driver, is marked.
Bruce Smuts from the programme said the aim was to illustrate that there is a significant blind spot around trucks where up to 40 young children could be.
He said through the programme they hoped to reduce accidents by making the public aware of the threat in truck blind spots.
“Our statistics show that in 2016, 47% of all our road crashes had a third-party influence. This year the figure stands at 53%, showing a general lack of awareness by road users,” said Smuts.
“Many of these road crashes occur when motorists speed onto an on-ramp to reach an intersection before a truck, and in the process, fail to recognise they may be in the blind spot of the truck driver,” said Smuts.