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 on safety.
Fortunately, there are effective ways to avoid causing or getting involved in a devastating truck accident.
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.