Commercial trucks are a common sight when driving on the highway. While these trucks play an important role in the modern economy, they also present unique dangers to others on the road due to their large size and weight.
Since driving around commercial trucks is something you can’t avoid, knowing how to stay safe is a must.
Avoid the truck’s blind spots
Large trucks have several blind spots in the front, back and sides of the vehicle. You need to know where these blind spots are and avoid driving in them. If you stay in a truck driver’s blind spot, they cannot see you, which can lead to a devastating accident.
Pass large trucks carefully
If you need to pass a commercial truck, make sure you do this carefully. Be sure that when you pass, you do so quickly and do not linger beside the truck. Do not merge in front of the truck until you can clearly see the front and driver of the vehicle in your mirror.
Never tailgate a large truck
Tailgating a large truck is never a good idea. If you are too close behind the truck, the driver will not be able to see you. The wheels may kick up debris, or the truck may stop causing you to hit them from behind. In most cases, the damages and injuries will be to you and your vehicle, not the truck or driver.
Staying safe when driving around large commercial trucks
You must exercise more caution when driving around large commercial trucks. If you are involved in an accident, you have rights and options. Knowing what these legal rights are will help you in the long run.