Sharing the Road with the Big Rigs

truck driverEvery day, millions of Americans head out onto highways in their pursuit of a paycheck or simple a good time. No matter why you are cruising down the highway, chances are you will see more than one 18-wheeler. You may think that it is the truck driver’s job to watch out for you, the little guy, but you’ve got it wrong. You are far better off if you are the one on the defensive. It can be difficult, if not impossible, for a truck driver to be aware of your presence if you do not make the correct moves. Here’s how you can take responsibility for your own safety and that of others on the road.

1. Stay Out of Blind Spots

Unlike your vehicle, a semi has blind spots that are dozens of feet long. There are also blind spots directly in front of and behind the rig. Staying out of these areas will help to ensure that the truck driver is aware of your presence nearby. Keep a good amount of distance between yourself and a big rig for the highest amount of safety.

2. Pass With Care

Do not pass a semi unless you absolutely need to. Not only are you putting yourself in blind spots, but tire blowouts are common. There is nothing a trucker can do to prevent these blowouts, nor do they know when they are coming. You don’t want to be next to the tire that explodes.

3. Getting Ahead

Let’s say that you do safely pass a semi and are ready to move into its lane. Keep driving before you make your move. The safest thing you can do is to put as much space between yourself and the truck before you move over. It can take a semi the length of three football fields to come to a complete stop when traveling at highway speeds. Should you have to slam on your brakes, you don’t want a semi directly behind you.

4. Be Patient

Yes, semis accelerate slowly. They make wide turns. They even cause a draft that can toss smaller cars around the road. We all know these things, but it’s important to be patient. Driving recklessly around a semi puts not only you at risk, but everyone you are sharing the road with.

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