7 Tips on How to Drive Safely Around Trucks
You Will Feel Safe About Driving Near Truck with Our Safety Tips
Semi-trailer trucks, also known as big rigs, tractor-trailers, or 18-wheelers, are real beasts on the road. Collisions with these large and heavy vehicles often lead to injuries that are catastrophic or even fatal in nature. Because of this, truckers are expected to adhere to tight regulations on and off the road in order to prevent accidents. However, these regulations may be loosening soon and consequently put motorists on the road at higher risk of devastating 18-wheeler crashes.
Truckers are human just like everyone else. So you will find both good and bad truck drivers on the road. Since there is no way to differentiate between the two, though, it’s best to learn how to properly drive around trucks. All motorists should know the essential truck accident prevention tips below:
- Beware of tire blowouts. You’ve probably seen them before – large chunks of rubber all over the road. That rubber is most likely from a blown out tire of a big rig. Since trucks can legally weigh 80,000 pounds or more, their tires are basically ticking time bombs. You don’t want to be right next to a truck when the tire blows and launches shards of hard, heavy rubber directly at you. Give truckers plenty of space.
- Watch out for drifting trucks in high winds. Yes, it’s true that trucks are extremely heavy. However, due to their huge amount of surface area, they are susceptible to being blown around by powerful winds, especially when they are not loaded. Again, give truckers plenty of space.
- Trucks have many blind spots. Due to their massive size, trucks have plenty of huge blind spots, also referred to as no-zones, way more than regular motor vehicles. Whenever possible, always pass a truck on the left, and never dilly-dally! If you hang around an 18-wheeler’s no-zones for too long, the driver may make a quick lane change or swerve to avoid road debris … straight into you.
- Don’t cut trucks off. After passing a tractor trailer, don’t cut directly in front. Not only is this rude driving behavior, but it is also incredibly dangerous. Remember, semis are extremely heavy, meaning they require a lot of space to come to a complete stop. If you don’t want to take your chances, give them lots of space.
- Watch out for WIDE turns. You’ve probably seen the sticker before. “Caution: this truck makes wide turns.” It’s no joke. When a truck driver makes a turn, he or she usually creates a lot of room between the shoulder of the road and the trailer in order to make enough space to complete the maneuver. Do not under any circumstances try to use this space to squeeze past a truck. If you do, the trucker may not see you in time to prevent a deadly collision.
- When following behind a truck on an incline, leave plenty of space. The truck may drift backwards when it starts to accelerate.
- Most truckers are doing their best. Don’t be aggressive, rude, or angry if a truck is causing you inconvenience on the road. Chances are the trucker is not really trying to be a bully. Driving a warehouse on wheels is no easy feat, so please be patient with truckers.
Unfortunately, you can follow all of the above tips and still get into a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker and/or trucking company. If this is the case for you, please call Wilshire Law Firm toll-free at (800) 522-7274 for immediate assistance. You may be entitled to hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars in compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Find out more about your rights and legal options in a FREE consultation with one of our dedicated legal team members.
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