Since massive semi-trucks and tractor-trailers have operating limitations,
including limited maneuverability, large blind spots, and long stopping
distances, it is imperative for other vehicles to become extra attentive
Fortunately, there are effective ways to avoid causing or getting involved
in a devastating
The following are five helpful tips for passing large trucks safely on the road:
Keep away from blind spots. Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and even buses have huge blind spots around
the front, back, and sides of the vehicle. If you cannot see the driver
in the truck’s side mirror, you must assume that the trucker can’t
see you at all. Always remain visible in case the truck driver decides
to switch lanes or commit to a turn.
Pass by them in a safe manner. Before you pass the trucker, ensure that you can see him or her in the
mirror. Signal then move into the left lane and accelerate to pass the
truck without lingering in the blood spot. Once the truck is visible in
your rearview mirror and you give it extra space, you can pull in front.
Never pass from the right lane.
Avoid cutting them off. While cutting off another vehicle is always hazardous, cutting off a commercial
truck is especially dangerous. If you move in quickly from either side,
you’re most likely in a blood spot, meaning that the trucker may
not see you in time. Despite being visible, a large truck may not slow
down quick enough to avoid a collision.
Give them extra space to turn. Commercial trucks require extra turning room since they swing wide or initiate
a turn from the middle lane. If a truck has its turn signal on, do not
attempt to squeeze by it or get between the vehicle and the curb.
Be patient and stay focused. Due to the operating restrictions associated with large trucks, driving
in a reckless manner around them can result in a devastating crash. Avoid
using your cellphone or engaging in distracted driving near these massive vehicles.
If you suffered an injury in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker
contact our Dunedin personal injury lawyer at
Paulsen Law Group for a
free consultation today.