Making blind side turns at night

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Reaper'sTrucking, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Interesting question. Especially if you add rain or snow. If there was a way to mount spotlights like the old days.. the answer would be easy. I always told my students and drivers that "You have to take the space and the time that you need to complete a maneuver". First thing you have to get in your head is that traffic really cannot drive in the same space your currently occupying. If you have to stop, get out and walk around the front of the truck... DO IT! In heavy snow, I have had to get out a lot to see if I am clearing the truck to the right at night.
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  3. Reaper'sTrucking

    Reaper'sTrucking Bobtail Member

    Jun 1, 2020
    Haha nah, that was my old side business, i drive for R and R hauling now
  4. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
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  5. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Highway 20
    I run crappy, muddy or snowy, little gravel roads at night with a tanker. If I drop the tandems into one of those crappy ditches, its a-gonna roll over. I've gone around several with the outside tandems hanging in space, but I made it.

    The worst for me is a little intersection thats been snow-drifted and you have no idea whats road and whats ditch until you wade out and find it in person before you try the turn.

    Flashlights in the mirror, or out the window pointed back don't work. Makes things worse.

    Get 2 big worklights and put one on each back top corner of your cab, and a switch you can reach from your seat. You should be able to see the entire side of your trailer and a bit of the road as you turn.

    Take her slow unless ya gotta give her the gas to get through it. And say a little prayer as ya do it.

    If you need more help, I always carry about 4 of these cheapie flashlights I got at Harbor Freight. Put one on the ground about a foot from the absolute closest you can get to the corner of the ditch, aimed up so it lights up some weeds so you can see it as you're turning. They've saved my butt several times.

    Ultra Bright LED Portable Worklight/Flashlight
  6. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    There’s my answer...... and I’m a vampire.

  7. sirskidmark

    sirskidmark Bobtail Member

    Feb 6, 2020
    Lawrenceville, GA
    now it might sound stupid, but hold on hear me out. Glow sticks! just play some rave music and stick some glow sticks on the trailer ends.
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  8. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Worst think I ever had to drive on was on levee roads.. totally square turns with dire consequences.. single axle cabovers where the norm then though!
  9. Colt6920

    Colt6920 Light Load Member

    Apr 28, 2017
    1. Worlds best glass cleaner. Clean everything as goo as you can.
    2. Roll down the windows when you turn
    3. Cheap Walmart spotlight. If you cannot modify the truck get a battery powered worklight.
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  10. lester

    lester Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    NW, Iowa
    Fix your mirrors, roll down the windows and wire in some lights to the back of the cab or trailer. You could add lights to the sleeper pretty quick and dirty, get a magnetic 12volt light and plug it into the cigarette lighter
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  11. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Halifax Nova Scotia
    You can polish scratches etc out of the glass. I'm a fanatic about clean windows and mirrors. Lots of products and how-to vids on you tube. 2 cheap LED floods on a switch on the right side of the tractor would also help.
    Good luck.
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