Here is a driver in Singapore getting involved in an accident due to an unforced error:
A car travelling along Jalan Besar tried switching lanes to the right only to land smack in the way of an oncoming cargo truck — where both vehicles were travelling at relatively low speeds.
The accident, which seemed like a simple case of both sides not giving way or feeling like they have the right of way, can be explained with this graphic:
A right-hand-drive truck driver will not be able to see anything that is hidden in the dark shaded areas owing to blind spots.
And owing to the high vantage point of the driver seated to the right, anything directly to the left will be hidden from view. Staying away from the blind spots is recommended and navigating around them should be carried out with extreme caution.
Another rule-of-thumb for drivers and motorcyclists is: If you cannot see the truck’s mirrors, it means the truck driver cannot see you too.
Previously, in November 2016, a motorcyclist was killed when he tried to squeeze in between two trucks along Jalan Buroh just before West Coast Highway.