The size and weight of a big rig can mean that colliding with one could cause a life-threatening or fatal outcome for you. Staying vigilant always can help you avoid crashing into one.
Knowing some best practices for when you drive near a big truck can also make you more aware of your movements. Your diligence could protect you from danger.
Stay out of the blind spots
Blind spots are much larger for drivers of big trucks than you experience in your car. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it is dangerous to linger in a truck’s blind spots. This means you should not drive alongside a big truck for a lengthy time. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot see the truck driver in his mirror, you are in the blind spot.
Allow room for a lane change
It takes big trucks substantially longer to slow down than it takes you. A semi carrying a full load will require significant time, even after engaging the brakes, to come to a complete stop. Cutting a truck off or swerving quickly into a truck’s lane could leave no time for the driver to react and safely slow down. If you plan to change lanes, make sure you give big trucks ample space before you maneuver in front of them.
Obey traffic laws
Always observe the traffic laws. Never drive under the influence. Show patience and courtesy. Obey the speed limit. Your diligence in observing traffic laws can make you better prepared to react with control if you encounter a threatening situation.
An accident with a semi-truck could change your life forever. Prioritizing safety always can better protect you from preventable accidents.