TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2023
Whether you're driving to work or off on a family vacation, large 18-wheeler trucks are all over the highways. While most drivers are used to dealing with them, it's good to review a few tips to keep you safe around these large trucks. Because of their size and weight, an incident with them almost always results in severe consequences.
- Be aware of the truck's blind spots. A truck driver relies on his mirrors almost entirely, so he has to be able to see your vehicle. It's true that if you can't see the truck's mirrors, the driver can't see you. If you're behind the truck, it means slowing down and putting more distance between you, and if you're passing the truck, you may need to speed up a little to avoid hanging out in a blind spot.
- Don't cut in front of a truck. If you're changing lanes or passing a truck, make sure you still give the semi some space on the front end. If it's going faster than you estimated (maybe because it's starting downhill) it may have a hard time slowing down and you may be in danger of being rear-ended by a massive piece of equipment.
- Watch out for wide turns. If you're in a congested area, keep an eye out for a truck's turn signals. It may look like you have a lane to the right of the truck, but if it is turning right, it needs to have extra room to maneuver. Be patient and stay out of the truck's way while it makes the turn.
- Give large trucks space. Try to be prepared for the unexpected. In windy weather, the trailer may sway more than usual, or a blown tire can cause the driver to swerve. These heavy trucks need a little more room to correct so try to give them room on all sides.
Most truck drivers are adept and responsible, but they rely on the other drivers on the road to operate their vehicles safely too. When you're driving, keep these tips in mind to avoid any incident with a large semi truck.
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