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Students play the role of truckers

Friday, June 4, 2004

Driver education students wait their turn to sit in a Wal-Mart semi as part of a demonstration to experience what semi drivers can and can't see when they're behind the wheel.

Driver education students learned what it was like to keep on truckin' Thursday when Wal-Mart semi drivers put on a demonstration to show where big-rig drivers' blind spots are.

The students were given the chance to sit behind the wheel of the semi to experience a driver's perspective of the semi's blind spots and how they can stay away from those areas.

While in the semi, drivers pointed out the different blind spots, also known as "no zones" and gave advice on how to avoid these areas.

A cone was set in front of the semi to show students how hard it is for drivers to see a car right in front of them. When driving in front of a semi one should be sure that the entire front end of the truck is visible through the back window of the vehicle.

When following a semi, one should make sure they can see the semi's mirrors. Remember that if a driver can see the mirrors, the semi driver can see them. Never ride on the right side of a semi if at all possible. When passing a semi, pull up and to the front of the semi until visible and pass on the left. Driver education lecturer Ben Thomas says that this is a good experience for the students and something that sticks with them throughout the course.

In addition to getting to sit in the semi, the drivers put on a demonstration to show how quickly a trailer can cut. The demonstration was put on by semi-drivers from the Greencastle Wal-Mart and is set-up to help promote "wreckless" driving.

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