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Tips for Staying Safe When Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

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Tips for Staying Safe When Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

Large trucks are an essential part of the transportation industry. However, sharing the road with these massive vehicles can be dangerous if not done correctly. It is essential to take extra precautions when driving near large trucks to prevent accidents and ensure everyone’s safety on the road. 

#1: Give Trucks Plenty of Space

Large trucks require more room to maneuver than smaller vehicles. Give trucks plenty of space and avoid tailgating them. Generally, experts recommend that drivers maintain a minimum of four seconds of distance when driving behind a truck. This will give you enough time to react if the truck suddenly stops or changes lanes.

#2: Be Aware of Blind Spots 

Large trucks have significant blind spots, also known as “no-zones,” where the truck driver can’t see other vehicles. These blind spots are located on the sides, front, and back of the truck. 

Avoid driving in these areas, as the truck driver may not see you. If you can’t see the truck driver’s face in their side mirror, he or she can’t see you either. If you must enter a blind spot, try to get out of the area as soon as you safely can. 

#3: Be Careful When Passing

Passing a large truck can be intimidating, but it’s essential to do it safely. Before passing, make sure you have enough space and time to complete the maneuver. Pass on the left side, as the truck driver’s largest blind spot is on the right. Always use your turn signals and accelerate quickly, so you’re not stuck in the truck’s blind spot.

#4: Dim Your Bright Lights

It’s important to turn off or dim your bright lights when passing or following a truck at night. The reflection of your headlights off the truck’s large side mirrors can create a glare that impairs the driver’s vision, making it difficult to see the road ahead. To avoid blinding a driver with your headlights, avoid using these lights when possible.

#5: Use Caution in Bad Weather 

Driving near large trucks in bad weather can be dangerous. Trucks take longer to stop on wet or icy or wet roads, increasing the risk of accidents. Reduce your speed and increase the following distance to give yourself and the truck driver enough time to react.

#6: Avoid Distractions Behind the Wheel

Distractions can be deadly when sharing the road with any vehicle, especially large trucks. Avoid any activity that takes your mind, eyes, or hands away from driving, such as texting, using your phone, or eating. Keep your attention on the road, and if you need to make a call or send a text, pull over to a safe location.

#7: Always Use Your Signals

When driving near large trucks, it’s essential to use your turn signals to indicate your intentions. This will help the truck driver anticipate your movements and avoid collisions. Always use your signals when changing lanes, turning, or merging onto the highway.

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact an Attorney

Despite taking all necessary precautions, accidents can still happen. If you have been involved in a truck accident, an attorney can help you hold the driver accountable and recover the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation as soon as possible to discuss your case and plan your next steps.