Sharing the Road with
Commercial Trucks:


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Exit behind trucks. Slowing down
and exiting or turning behind a truck

- or any other vehicle -
won't increase your drive time by

more than a few moments.
Speeding up to make it to an exit first
might
save you a few seconds, but
that action increases
the probability
of an accident.
It may force you
to cut off the
other driver, removing his or her

cushion of safety - and your own.

Always pass a truck on the
left side.

Passing
any vehicle - especially
a truck, on the right is

like asking for an accident.

Don't linger while passing.
If you don't pull ahead

quickly when passing, your position
makes it impossible for a trucker to take

evasive action if an obstacle
appears in the road ahead.

Realize that large vehicles may be
moving faster than they appear.

Many accidents
occur at intersections
because a car driver
underestimates
the speed of an approaching truck.

When a truck passes you, stay to the
right and slow down just a little.
Truckers
often do this when they are
being passed.

It helps the passing vehicle to complete
the pass safely.

Never speed up when a tractor-trailer
passes as this can cause a very dangerous

situation, especially in heavy traffic.

Oncoming trucks:
If there is an oncoming truck approaching
you on a two-lane highway, it is a very
good
idea to keep to the right side
of your lane and slow down
a little.
This will help avoid the

chance of a sideswipe, and also reduce
the effect of the wind turbulence

as the truck passes you.
Remember wind turbulence
pushes vehicles apart,
not together.

Respect a trucker's blind
spots:

Many motorists falsely assume that
truckers
can see the road better
because they sit twice

as high as the driver of a car.
While truckers do

enjoy a better forward view and
have bigger mirrors, they still

have serious blind spots.
A car can disappear from view up to 20
feet in front
of the cab, on either side
of the tractor-trailer (particularly
alongside
the cab), and up to 200 feet in the rear.
Remember that if you can't
see the
truck driver in his or her side mirror,
the driver can't see you.

Don't tailgate.
Tailgating takes away your own
cushion of safety.

Never follow a truck too closely.
Not only are you not visible to
the truck driver, your view ahead
is also blocked by the rear
of the
trailer.

If you cannot see the trucker's side
mirrors, then they can't see
you either.

You are now traveling too close,
so slow down to maintain a cushion
of safety between you and
the truck ahead.
A greater response time is needed to

maneuver around any large vehicle
such as a tractor-trailer.
Other hazards include tire blowout
or flying debris stirred up on
the
roadside by the truck.

Be careful near weigh stations:

Trucks will be slowing down when
entering or exiting weigh stations.

They will also be traveling slow when
reentering the
highway from weigh
stations.
Always be extra alert when near
these areas.

Observe a truck's turn signals.
Due to the length of their vehicles,

tractor-trailer drivers must often
swing out to
the left as the first
step in making a right turn.

The average tractor-trailer is
65' feet in length, and weighs
40,000 lbs.

Remember that it takes truckers more
time to
accelerate, to brake, and to
change lanes.
A
loaded tractor-trailer that is traveling
55 miles per hour may need up to 430

feet to come to a complete stop.
A passenger
car needs less than
200 feet to do the same.

And a car can complete a lane change
in mere
seconds, while a trucker must
employ a more
detailed and time
consuming lane change
process.


Watch the Blind Spots -
The "NO-ZONES"


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Trucks have blind spots, or
No-Zones, around the front,
back and sides of the truck.
Watch out!
A truck could even turn into you,
because these No-Zones make it
difficult for the driver to see.
So, don't hang out in the No-Zones,
and remember, if you can't see the
truck driver in the truck's mirror,
the truck driver can't see you.


If You Have It, A Truck Brought It.




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