Whether you’re a new driver or one with plenty of experience, knowing how to drive when around large trucks is important for your safety and others’ on the road. Here are some tips for safe driving around trucks that Clarksburg drivers should review and follow on the highways.
Give Plenty of Space When Passing
Most people know they should allow enough room when passing other passenger cars. But did you know you should give even more room if you’re passing a truck?
Trucks require more distance to come to a stop, so keep that in mind when passing one. Before you change lanes in front of a truck, make sure you have plenty of room for the truck to stop. If you change lanes in front of the truck and then must hit your brakes, the truck may rear end you if it doesn’t have enough room to stop – this could cause devastating injuries.
Also, always remember to use your blinker appropriately, and try to remember to pass on the left of the truck, as there are fewer blind spots on a truck driver’s left hand side compared the right.
Keep Out of Blind Spots
Always stay out of truckers’ blind spots when traveling around trucks. When you are directly behind or directly in front of a truck, the driver cannot see you. There are also blind spots along the left and right of the truck, so if passing a truck do so quickly so you don’t linger in the blind spot.
Keep Your Emotions in Check
Driving around large trucks or in highly trafficked areas can be frustrating. Trucks may travel slower than other traffic and they’re larger and take up more space than most other vehicle.
When emotions start to run wild, drivers tend to drive more aggressively and dangerously. They might start speeding, swerving, and tailgating. Aggressive driving can create potentially fatal situations on the road. Never speed around large trucks, tailgate, or otherwise engage in aggressive or illegal driving behaviors.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney if You’re Hurt in an Accident
We hope these tips for safe driving around trucks keep you and others safe on the roads in and around Clarksburg. But following safety tips yourself does not guarantee others will be safe. If a truck driver or other driver causes an accident and you suffer injuries, you may recover damages.
Contact the Miley Legal Group if you are ever in an accident. Our attorneys will review your case, explain your options, and help you get started on filing a claim. Call us at 304-931-4088 or fill out our online contact form.