Tips for safely sharing the road with Big Trucks
1. Avoid blind spots around large trucks. If you can’t see a truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.
2. Do not pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Trucks must swing wide to the left to negotiate right turns safely.
3. Do not cut in front of any large vehicle because they require much more distance to stop in comparison to cars.
4. When passing a semi, wait until you can see the entire cab in your rearview mirror before pulling in front of the truck.
5. Give trucks at least four to six seconds of space in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
6. Do not cut off a truck in traffic or on the highway to reach your exit or turn.
7. Slow down when driving through work zones. Nearly one-third of work zone fatal crashes involve large trucks.
8. Always drive defensively, and never aggressively. Over half of traffic fatalities can be linked to aggressive driving behaviors.
9. Stay focused on the road. Do not text or use your cell phone while driving.
10. Always wear your seatbelt.
Cautious, attentive drivers make public roads safe for all motorists. You can also help by notifying traffic safety agencies of crashes, unsafe drivers, unsafe roadway conditions, and other situations that can lead to accidents.