Navigating the road alongside large trucks can be an intimidating prospect, but equipping yourself with the right knowledge and precautions can make this endeavor significantly safer.
Regardless of your driving experience, it is helpful to understand how to coexist with trucks on the road.
Maintain a safe following distance
Did you know that 4,988 buses and large trucks experienced accidents that had at least one fatality in 2020? One of the ways you can help reduce this statistic includes maintaining a safe following distance. Trucks are substantially larger and heavier than ordinary passenger cars, demanding more time and space to slow down and stop. To reduce the risk of a rear-end collision, maintain a distance of at least one car length for every 10 miles per hour of your speed. Also, refrain from aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating or excessive honking.
Avoid blind spots
Truck drivers have more extensive blind spots than regular vehicles. These blind spots typically encompass the truck’s sides and rear. Do not linger in these areas. If you cannot see the truck driver in their side mirrors, they are likely unaware of your presence. Pass a truck swiftly and remain outside their blind spots.
Employ turn signals and indicators
When sharing the road with trucks, consistently use your turn signals and indicators well in advance of executing your intended actions. This provides ample time for truck drivers to anticipate your maneuvers and adapt their driving accordingly. Also, exercise heightened caution when you or a large truck turns or changes lanes. Never cut off a truck or attempt to squeeze into a tight space in front of one.
Trucks may travel at slower speeds than your vehicle. Maintain patience and foster overall road safety by learning how to effectively share the road with large trucks.