Most people underestimate the extent large vehicles obstruct sightlines. Some say thatsince there's both a speed reduction ahead and a speed sign, there's no way a driver canhave their view of both signs blocked. This demonstration will show the significanteffects trucks have on other motorists' ability to see the signs.Using maximum truck measurements from the Highway Traffic Act of Manitoba andsightline angles & measurements from the MUTCD, it was concluded that a large 25.00m semi-truck can obstruct sightlines for as much as 32.14 m. This is due to the fact that atruck has width as well as length and that the other driver's sightline is on an angle. Someargue that they can see more than 40 degrees, but this is the value in the MUTCDaccepted for engineering.At first appearance, the blind spot wouldn't appear that large, but this blind spot is rollingrather than stationary such as a billboard. Because the truck is in motion, the blind spotwill always be longer dependent on the speeds of the vehicles.
Not To Scale:
Diagram shows that due to a truck having width and length, the sightline obstruction islonger than the actual length of the truck.