- May 23, 2020
- Reaction score
- Colorado Springs
- 13' F150, 17' Explorer, 13' Cruz, CT3 RN112841395
I've seen this or similar statements a couple of times now. I don't think this is as much of a hazard or safety issue as some are making it out to be. I can easily see a 3ft object in front of my leveled F150 two feet in front of it. I can probably see the top of that same object within a 1 ft of the front of my truck. I'm curious how something or someone gets within 1-2 ft of the front of a truck without you seeing it there first. If it comes from straight in front of the truck and outside 2 ft, it can be seen. If it comes from the side of the truck but within 2 feet, it can also been seen. The only scenario I see being an issue is If something smaller then 3ft is directly in front of the truck (< 1ft from the front bumper) before the driver enters the vehicle and he/she doesn't see the object while getting in the vehicle and then starts the truck and immediately pulls forward quickly not allowing the sensors to warn him/her of a potential object in front of the truck. In this scenario...that's more the drivers fault then the truck's limitations. The risk is slightly higher on older trucks as the sensors may be not be there to provide the warning.Most full-size ICE trucks have hoods so large & high that there is a much larger blind spot for the driver which increases risk to pedestrians especially children.
On ICE truck a lot of the large & high hood is unavoidable because of the engine being in front.
Ford with the F-150 Lightning retained the hood mostly for the sake of fashion (and store club clubs) to the continued sacrifice of safety & needless waste of energy.