Truck mirror danger
Truck mirrors could easily be made safer for bikes by copying coach mirrors, according to the editor or Truck & Driver magazine, the national voice of lorry drivers.
MCN revealed last month that safety campaigners had said riders’ lives were being put at risk by lorry mirrors that are so big they can obscure oncoming traffic at T-junctions.
Unlike lorries, coaches use two separate wing mirrors on either side with a gap at the drivers’ eye-level.
Truck & Driver editor Brian Weatherly described the design as “one possible solution” to the blind spots created by modern lorry mirrors. He said: “You have a top-hung Praying Mantis-style mirror then a lower-mounted mirror below the window line, thereby creating a gap in between for the driver to see through. It would be interesting to try this on a truck.”
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