This Is How Bad Frontal Visibility Has Gotten In New Trucks
If you own one, you might never even see a whole Camry ahead of you
It's no secret that the modern truck has gotten bigger, meaner and more monolithic over the decade, from the trendsetting second-generation Dodge Ram to the domineering Ford F-150 Raptor up to this sick abomination Chevrolet calls a pickup.
In its wake, we've bemoaned the rising beltlines and hood lines that reduce visibility to an alarming degree. To the point where, if you're not careful when driving one of these, you may end up hitting a lot of things just because you can't see out.
Twitter user and Jalopnik commenter McMike, who made #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe viral half a decade ago, visualized this incredible disparity in a graphic that DriveTribe will just eat alive and crop indiscriminately. With the driver sitting this high up, anything short of 6 feet is barely visible for distances up to 60 feet (18.2 metres) That blind spot means you can't see a car ahead of you without a front camera.
He also put in some more fun measurements, from round footballs to billiard tables and even beer kegs, but the simple fact is that trucks have become so bloated, they run the risk of hurting people without their drivers feeling anything. Lionel Messi could be hit by a new truck now and the driver probably wouldn't even SEE it.
Don't believe me? I checked out dimensions for the Dodge Ram alone and found out just how high the bodies of the stock ones have gotten since 1997.
Stats from Edmunds and AutoBlog
At worst, modern trucks have bodies almost two metres (6 feet) tall. The worst offender design-wise, the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, is almost 80 inches tall, about 3.5 inches (8.89cm) taller than the same model from 2010. Add to that the lift kits and giant wheels that often get fitted in these and it becomes easier to understand how trucks can become a collision hazard on roads, a real concern on American roads.
There is a reason why some big trucks have front-facing cameras now. Such glaring blindspots AT THE FRONT where the driver is faced is such an incredible oversight that is often exacerbated by distractions inside, like texting.
For other drivers in their lowly low cars, as well as motorcyclist, bicyclists and pedestrians, the only option is to stay vigilant and watch for oncoming traffic. For truck owners, they ought to pay even more attention than before, invest in a third-party camera or tick the option is there is one, and be more considerate.