If you’ve ever had to drive near a large truck, especially on the highway, you know how intimidating and daunting it can be.
Read on to learn how to keep yourself safe while driving on the road near trucks.
Tips for Driving Near Trucks
Review the following tips to learn how to stay out of danger when you’re forced to drive near large trucks:
Don’t drive in the “no-zones.”
If you thought your blind spots were bad, it’s important to keep in mind that large trucks have massive blind spots. If you take a peek at the graphic above from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), you can see just how massive trucks’ blind spots really are.
The only time a trucker is able to see you is when you’re able to see the driver in one of their side-view mirrors. If you can’t see the driver’s face, the driver can’t see you.
Pass with caution.
If you must pass a truck, always pass on the left. Additionally, keep your time alongside trucks to an absolute minimum. The longer you linger near a truck, the greater your chances are of getting hit.
When making lane changes near trucks, be sure to always use your blinkers. When moving over in front of a truck, it’s important that you’re able to see the truck in your rearview mirror before pulling in front of it. It’s crucial to give trucks ample space before coming into their lanes.
Never pass a truck when you’re traveling downhill. Trucks tend to pick up a lot of speed going downhill and have a harder time slowing down and stopping.
Never pass a truck from the right lane.
When trucks attempt to pass, slow down and stay to the right. It’s crucial to give trucks ample space to switch lanes or merge onto the highway from onramps.
Don’t cut trucks off.
“Cutting off” another driver is not only annoying for the driver you cut off, it’s also extremely dangerous. This danger is significantly amplified when it comes to large trucks.
If you move closely in front of a truck, you’ll most likely be in their blind spot. Even if the driver is able to see you, they may not be able to slow down fast enough to avoid hitting you.
In looking at the graphic above, you can see how critical it is to provide large vehicles with plenty of space when getting in front of them.
Not only is tailgating especially frustrating to drivers that are being tailgated and other nearby drivers, it’s also very dangerous. This danger is significantly inflated when tailgating large trucks. As you remember from the “no-zone” graphic above, trucks have large blind spots behind them. That means when you tailgate a truck, you’re in their blind spot and they cannot see you.
Since trucks are so high off the ground, it’s easy for your vehicle to slide or get pushed under a truck in an accident. Leave lots of room when you’re stopped behind a truck, especially when you’re traveling uphill. It’s common for large vehicles to roll back when stopped on an upgrade.
Expect wide turns.
Trucks require a lot of extra space when making turns. Take a look at the graphic below for a visual of just how much extra space large trucks need when making turns.
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