There are endless hazards on the road that can prompt accidents ranging in severity. Drivers need to be particularly careful when on the road near large trucks.
Keep reading for advice from truck drivers to learn how to reduce hazards on the road for everyone.
5 Truck Driver Concerns
#1 - Don’t drive alongside trucks for too long.
Trucks have much larger blind spots than passenger vehicles do, so it’s much more difficult for truck drivers to see the vehicles driving near them.
Additionally, you do not want to be near a truck that has a tire blowout.
#2 - Always pass on the left.
Truckers have significant blind spots to the right of their vehicles, so it’s much safer to pass them on the left where their chances of seeing you in their mirrors are much higher.
#3 - Don’t cut them off.
Never cut in front of a truck. Many people are unaware of the fact that trucks have large blind spots in the front of their vehicles. Truckers cannot see anything within the first 25 feet of the big rig.
In addition, it is very difficult for trucks to stop. It takes a lot longer and much more space for a truck to come to a complete stop, compared to a standard passenger vehicle.
#4 - Don’t tailgate.
Tailgating is extremely dangerous and should always be avoided. Trucks have major blind spots behind them, so the driver may not be able to see you if you’re driving too close.
Also, if you’re tailgating a truck when it comes to a panic stop, you can be severely injured or even killed if your car goes underneath the rig.
#5 - Be courteous and careful when merging.
When merging onto a highway or another road, it’s important to give trucks lots of space. Don’t speed up in an attempt to pass the truck if you’re too far behind. Don’t force the truck to slam on their brakes so that you can merge.
Remember: It’s much easier for you to alter your speed and direction than it is for the truck. Always be courteous and cautious behind the wheel, and take consideration for those around you.
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