Sharing the Road with Commercial Truck Drivers: 5 Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents

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Sharing the road with truck drivers can be tricky at times, especially inĀ heavy traffic. Tractor trailerĀ drivers follow federal safety regulations to minimizeĀ truck-related collisions from occurring on roadways, but drivers of regular passenger vehicles should also take precaution and follow safety tips to help ensure that the roads remain safe.

How to Help Prevent Trucking Collisions

According to the National Traffic Safety Institute, more than 200,000 collisions occur each year involving at least one motor vehicle and one commercial truck. In order to help reduce this number of accidents and be proactive when it comes to accident prevention, the following safety tips are recommended:Ā 

  1. Watch for blind spots. Large trucks need ample room when making turns. Their blind spots are larger than that of regular automobiles, causing visibility problem. Their trucks often have a decal stating that if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side-view mirror, the truck driver most likely cannot see you, either. Stay visible.Ā Keep a safe, four-car distance to help avoid drifting into their ā€œno zoneā€ area.
  2. Do not squeeze into a space. When a truck is making a turn, do not speed up to bypass it or try to squeeze into the space next to it to turn. There is simply not enough room when dealing with a vehicle as large as a commercial truck to maneuver as safely as with other vehicles.
  3. Wait for the right time to pass. It is much different passing a large truck rather than a regular passenger vehicle. Ensure that you can maintain a constant speed when passing, instead of racing ahead and pulling immediately in front of the truck. Do not attempt to pass around curves or when approaching hills when on two-lane roadways.
  4. Do not cut in front. Immediately switching lanes in front of a truck or not giving a truck enough space when passing may result in a situation of emergency braking. Keep in mind that trucks take longer to slow down or stopĀ than regular vehicles. A sudden stop can cause a serious accident involving multiple cars. It is best to assess traffic and space between vehicles before choosing to pass a commercial driver on the road.
  5. Avoid aggressive driving. Due to the size and weight of cargo that commercial drivers carry, they are subject to certain speed zones. Although you may want to keep with the flow of traffic, exceeding the speed limit to pass a commercial truck or driving in their blind spots has the potential of causing an accident.

Prioritize Your Safety

safe driving manThe basic rule of the road is the same for everyone: be respectful of other drivers. When you follow these safety tips and understand the challenges that large truck drivers face, it will make it easier and safer to navigate the roadways.

A collision with a commercial truck can result in serious injuries or in some cases, death. Our law firm wants to help keep drivers safe from harm, and we do our part by urging caution and by representing accident victims. We have secured million-dollar verdicts for our clients, and we can fight for you, too.

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3 Responses to “Sharing the Road with Commercial Truck Drivers: 5 Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents”

  1. Thomas

    Great tips- Here in the UK truck drivers aren’t exactly known for being the best drivers! It’s often sneaky manoeuvres like cutting in front when you probably don’t have enough space, that causes accidents. You also see a lot of ‘contests’ between different trucks- they seem to want to not let the other past, be the first in the line etc and it’s just downright dangerous behaviour!

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  2. Mark Schiffrin

    Wow, this is some really great info about driving around heavy transports! Practicing precaution and following these tips seems like the best way to stay safe and be courteous to truck drivers! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Mark Schiffrin

    Great post! It was a great read. Most truck trailers are 53 feet long. This makes turns difficult, especially right-hand turns. We as a defensive driver, make sure to leave ample room to allow the truck to clear the turn. Misjudging the distance or not recognizing a truckā€™s attempt to make a wide right-hand turn can result in an accident.

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