One of the biggest fears drivers have is driving alongside large tractor-trailers. Who can blame them? Tractor-trailers are large, heavy vehicles that can cause massive amounts of damage in an accident. Still, there are ways to travel safely with 18-wheelers on the roads.
Start by avoiding the trucker’s blind spot. If you can’t see the driver’s mirrors, it’s very likely that he can’t see you. If you want to pass the truck, do so when you have a clear line to pass, so you don’t have to wait in the blind spot.
Next, make sure to allow truck drivers to merge or change lanes. These vehicles are large, and it’s safer for everyone involved if you give it a wide berth when the driver wants to change lanes. If you want to show the driver that you’re letting him get over into your lane, flash your lights a few times, so he can see you.
Another thing to consider is a large truck’s stopping distance and time. Larger vehicles can take three times or longer to stop, so merging in front of the vehicle and hitting your brakes is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you have enough space to make a turn or to merge without putting yourself at risk of a rear-end collision. By following these tips, you can help truck drivers keep you safe. If you are in a collision, then you can speak with your attorney about the steps you need to take for compensation.
Source: Edmunds.com, “How to Share the Road with Truckers,” accessed Nov. 11, 2015