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Driving with more care around large trucks

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Truck Wrecks |

While everyone is responsible for looking out for one another on the road, it doesn’t hurt to put in a little more effort. Especially when you come across many big rigs when you drive to work, get groceries or your favorite hangout spots.

Individuals driving professionally and maneuvering 18 wheels should be looking out for more compact commuters, but unfortunately, they are only human it can also cause an accident. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks to do a more thorough job of staying out of harm’s way.

Pay attention to your position on the road

Being mindful of when you are near a semi-truck rather than a vehicle closer to your size is a good starting point. From there, it’s important to ensure you don’t hang out in a trucker’s blind spot; being unable to see the truck driver’s face in their side mirror is a signal to move. And if you’d like to pass the truck, don’t do so in the right lane or without being able to spot the truck clearly in your rearview mirror.

It’s crucial always to remember just how much larger than you they are — trucks can be up to 30 times heavier than a passenger vehicle. Therefore, it’s vital to give them extra space for turning, expand your following distance to compensate for their long stopping distances and to stay back in general to avoid an underride collision.

Pay attention to the road

In addition to keeping a safe distance from the trucks you come across, you must not lose your focus behind the wheel. Accidents with larger vehicles often lead to tragic injuries, so managing distractions is necessary. It’s also helpful to honor speed limits, as there are higher fatality rates when accidents happen at higher speeds.

If you or a loved one are past the point of needing truck crash prevention tips and are seeking compensation, it’s wise to consult a personal injury attorney to learn about your options.


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