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.
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
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 cannot 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.

Remember that it takes truckers more time to
accelerate, to brake, and to change lanes. A
loaded tractor-trailer with hot brakes 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

Watch the Blind Spots -


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.