Excuse your blind spot

Warning spotted on truck: “YOU ARE IN MY BLIND SPOT.”

I found myself on the lee side of a passing semi-truck the other day. On the passenger side of the cab, where the driver couldn’t see me, I read a sign in capital letters: You are in my blind spot.” Yeah?

It reminded me of the sign you used to see in restaurants above the coat racks, “not responsible for lost items.” Actually not true. If the hats and coats were not in line of sight from where the clientele were seated, the restaurant was completely responsible, the disclaimer not-withstanding. Wouldn’t we all love a t-shirt that read “not accountable for my actions.”

A great percentage of highway fatalities attest to the danger large 18-wheelers pose for passenger cars. To see a sticker admonish the smaller vehicle to take greater care is simply insulting. Mind your blind spot? How about you find a truck manufacturer to make your high-velocity lethal mass come equipped without a blind spot? Install a camera for instance. Make sure you can keep an eye on where you’re swinging that colossal hard body. Until you can get by without our assistance, stay off the road. You may not insist on ambulating with a blind spot mortal to others. A blind spot for the safety of civilians in automobiles is the blind spot you have.

And what of the signs: “this vehicle makes wide turns?” Out of your designated lane is what you mean. Can I put a sign on my car reserving my use of the left lane to make a right turn when I’m inclined? Hardly. Design a truck which plays well with others. You can start by abiding by the rules of the road, endangering no passersby. Use smaller trucks if you have to, but don’t give me your signs.

“Warning to trucks: driver of this vehicle protected by lawyer, give wide berth please. Thank you.”

1 thought on “Excuse your blind spot

  1. Propaganda and the blind spot sign post.

    In the 50s, the govt made scores of “educational films” with great educational leaders like Jack Webb (star of tv’s Dragnet) and Ronald Reagan (star of Death Valley Days). This cop and cowboy combo would talk about everything we needed to No. From Sex Ed to the infamous “Duck and Cover” atomic bomb emergency drills, time has proven many of these films were only useful towards blanketing the masses with warm fuzzy fears.

    Later when Reagan became President he revived the hit of propaganda with the highly rated drug war scourge series: This is Your Brain on Drugs. No one really explained that the birth of sniffing paint thinner came from industrial standards. A dark alley was made villain and the nation was rallied into examining trash cans.

    Today it’s been announced that Homeland Security has gone Disney featurette. Below is a Yahoo news story on a fake hacker attack set to film, replete with motivating destruction. The enemy? Unchained technology to the masses. Is the enemy Net Neutrality? Internet burglary? Graffiti from wired spray paints? Or worse, is this another way of casting darkness on connectivity on the net, making all users look like conspirators? Only time will tell as we drive away from Miss Liberty and towards the National Seal (the Borders).


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