Drivers need to know that large trucks have big areas around the truck referred to as “no zones” or blind spots. If you are driving too close and in the blind spots, you will not be able to see the side mirrors on the truck. This means the truck driver may not be aware that you are behind him, which could be extremely dangerous if you decide to pass, or if he finds it necessary to suddenly hit his brakes. Slow your speed until the side mirrors are within your range of vision, and make sure he is aware of your presence. The rule of thumb is to stay 20 to 25 car lengths away from the back of a truck to avoid the big blind spots.
The tips listed below, highlight additional safety precautions that can save lives:
- Signal a lane change well in advance to ensure that the truck driver is aware of your pending change of lanes. Always allow ample room between you and the truck to prevent the driver from having to suddenly apply their brakes. The rule of thumb is to stay approximately 10 car lengths ahead.
- Plan ahead for any turns. Remember a truck outweighs an automobile by approximately 37 tons, and takes at least three times longer to stop. If you discover your turn approaching too quickly, you’re far better off to miss the turn, and cost yourself a little extra time, than to attempt to make the turn, and cost your life.
- Due to the mere size and length of a truck, they need far more room to turn at an intersection than a car needs. When you see a truck driver signaling to turn, or in the turn lane, stop further back and give them the necessary space to turn safely.
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