It is no secret that driving around commercial trucks, large and powerful vehicles, can bring other drivers in danger on the road. For instance, commercial trucks have large blind spots, longer stopping and turning distances, and cannot change maneuver quickly in a catastrophic accident. The many limitations of commercial trucks put drivers at risk; therefore, taking the necessary steps to minimize the risk of a horrible truck accident is imperative.
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1. Stay Out of Blind Spots
Commercial trucks have very large blind spot areas in the front, back, and side areas:
- One lane wide on the driver’s side, extending back to about half the length of the trailer.
- Two lane wide on the right side, extending back slightly behind the trailer.
- 20 feet in front of the truck.
- 30 feet behind the truck.
It is always best to focus on driving; if you cannot see the truck’s side mirror, the truck driver will likely not see you. If you are nearly lane a commercial truck, speed up or slow down so that you are not driving in their blind spot. Also, when merging, stay out of a truck driver’s blind spot.
2. Do Not Tailgate and Keep a Safe Distance
Do not try to tailgate a commercial truck because If the truck stops suddenly, you might be unable to avoid rear-ending it, which can also cause your vehicle could slide under the rear portion of the truck. It is especially dangerous to rear-end on the slope because the car could roll back into your vehicle, putting you at risk for life-threatening injuries. Remember that the driving distance is at least four to five seconds between your vehicle and a large commercial truck. Another essential tip to keeping a safe distance will also give you more time to react to tire blowouts and rollovers caused by massive weather. Blowouts can send large shards of heavy rubber flying toward any nearby vehicle, which will cause a catastrophic car accident.
3. Give Trucks More Space in Driving Lanes
Trucks often require up to 55 feet of space to execute a turn. Semi-trailer trucks take more room than basic trucks to make turns. Turning next to a long commercial truck while making a turn could increase your risk of an accident. It is always best to allow a commercial truck to create a safe turn and maintain distance from other vehicles.
4. Pass Safely
Always carefully pass commercial trucks; always approach from the left side because it is easier for the driver to see you. Keep a consistent speed while giving and always signal clearly and in advance. The large, heavy vehicle cannot stop as quickly as a passenger. Truck drivers need time to react and adjust their speed and brake accordingly. Before you merge back into the lane in front of the truck, make sure you can see it in your rearview mirror to ensure a safe distance.
5. Do Not Cut Off A Truck
It would be best if you never cut off a truck to make an exit or turn. It is extremely dangerous and can result in the driver being unable to stop in time, which can lead to a catastrophic or fatal rear-end accident.
6. Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions
Distracted drivers put everyone in danger. Avoid using GPS systems, cellphones and other devices while driving. Do not eat, adjust the radio or perform other actions that will take your eyes and concentration off the road. Minimize the possibility of being injured in an accident by tending to these tasks before getting on the road. You must stay focused on driving, particularly around trucks, if you want to avoid an accident. You will be better able to estimate the speed of lorries around you as they merge, turn or change lanes, allowing you to respond appropriately.
7. Do Not Drive Drowsy
Driving drowsy and or fatigued is dangerous. If you are tired, get off the road and rest. When on long trips, allow time for rest breaks or have another driver who can relieve you when you become tired.
8. Wear Your Seat Belt
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