The sign on the rear of vehicles over 7.5 metres in length, allows them to legally turn from the second or even the third lane as needed to get around a corner safely. If you are next to a truck during a turn, you could be in their blind spot or move into the path of the trailer that swings out during a turn putting yourself at risk.
With indicators flashing, drivers still come up underneath a truck or trailer about to turn. Many are obviously unaware of the large blind spot to the left and rear of the truck cab. You may have seen stickers on some trucks:
“IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE TRUCK DRIVER, THEY CAN’T SEE YOU”.
This is well worth remembering. So if you come up behind a truck with indicators flashing to signal a turn, wait back and allow the driver plenty of room. You are helping him and yourself by not filling this space and putting you and/or your vehicle at risk.
For your own safety, it’s essential stay behind the Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle sign until the turn is completed.
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