Exit behind trucks.
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
Passing any vehicle - especially
a truck, on the right is
like asking for an accident.
Don't linger while
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
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.
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
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,
Many motorists falsely
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.
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
If you cannot see the trucker's side
mirrors, then they can't see
You are now traveling
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
Always be extra alert when near
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
Trucks have blind spots, or
No-Zones, around the front,
back and sides of the truck.
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.