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Tips for safe driving around large trucks and tractor-trailers

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

In the unfortunate event of an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you can experience severe consequences. Such incidents often result in significant property damage, injuries and even loss of life.

The aftermath may also involve insurance claims, legal proceedings and emotional trauma. This highlights the importance of road safety and vigilance while driving. The following tips can help you stay safe on the highways when large trucks are around.

Avoid blind spots

Truck blind spots are areas around a truck where the driver has limited or blocked visibility. Another popular name for these areas is “no-zones.” These blind spots typically include the area directly behind the truck, along both sides of the trailer and in front of the cab.

Though many vehicles have new technologies to alert drivers to dangers, do not get overconfident. A good rule of thumb is if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the trucker is not able to see you.

Pass on the left

When passing trucks, it is safer and more efficient to do so on the left side. Passing on the left provides better visibility for you and the truck driver. Additionally, passing on the left allows for smoother merging back into the right lane after overtaking, promoting a more organized flow of traffic.

Give trucks lots of space

Tailgating or cutting off trucks can lead to dangerous situations due to their size and weight. Trucks require more time and distance to stop in comparison with smaller vehicles. Consequently, maintaining additional following distance can avert an accident.

Furthermore, avoid driving right alongside trucks for extended periods. If the operator has to make a sudden maneuver, you could end up getting struck. This is especially true when there are high winds. The strong gusts can cause the truck to sway or even topple over.

These tips may be able to help you avoid a serious truck accident. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees on the road about how others will drive. If you still find yourself in an accident due to a trucker’s carelessness, you have the right to pursue compensation through insurance or the courts.