Truck drivers can only do so much to ensure the safety of themselves and other people on the road. On-the-road safety also requires better educating others as to the potential risks and dangers of sharing the road with semi-trucks.
- Signals – Truck drivers need to make sure to always use signals to let others know their intentions. Other motorists need to watch for these and make sure they get out of a truck’s way, especially if they are riding in a blind spot where the truck cannot see them.
- Blind Spots – Trucks have numerous blind spots all around the entire rig, including the front, rear, and both sides, with the right side being the biggest one. A good driving rule to follow is if you cannot see the truck driver in the side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
- Passing – Never pass a truck on the right-hand side, as it is dangerous due to the large blind spot. Make sure the truck has sufficient space on the road, as some areas of the road could be narrower, and the truck could overlap into the other lane. After passing the truck, do not cut into the lane directly in front of the truck. Before returning to the right-hand lane, make sure there is at least one full semi-truck of space in between you and the truck.
- Stopping Distances – Trucks require up to a full football field of distance to come to a safe stop in optimal driving conditions. This is why you should not cut off a truck—ever.
- Tailgating – First, this is a blind spot, and truck drivers cannot see the vehicle. Next, debris from the road could be kicked up from the truck and projected directly at the vehicle, including blown truck tires.
All truck drivers can do is drive defensively when they get behind the wheel and make sure their truck seats and mirrors are set correctly to provide the best views. Others also need to drive defensively to keep the roads safe for everyone.
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