No one looks forward to driving on a road full of commercial trucks, but there’s no avoiding these vehicles. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the highway or a city street, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in close proximity to commercial trucks as our economy depends on them.
Since you can’t control the decisions that these truckers make, you need to take special precautions yourself. Here are some tips to follow:
- Obey the rules of the road: For example, you may feel the need to pass a slow-moving truck in the right lane, but doing so increases the risk of an accident. You know the rules of the road, so make sure you follow them.
- Avoid blind spots: Commercial trucks have a variety of blind spots, so make sure you avoid these when possible. One of the most common mistakes you can make is driving next to a large truck for an extended duration.
- Signal when changing lanes: This is the best way to give truckers, as well as everyone else on the road, a clear idea of the move you are going to make. Without a turn signal, you may take a trucker by surprise, which causes them to make a mistake.
- Take extra care on tight city streets: For instance, commercial trucks need plenty of space when making a right turn. Don’t creep too close to a truck that’s setting up this type of turn, as it puts your vehicle in the line of fire.
- Leave more space: As a general rule of thumb, leave as much space between your vehicle and commercial trucks as possible. Don’t follow too closely or change lanes a few feet in front of a truck. More space is always better than less.
These tips will help you maintain your safety when driving on a road full of commercial trucks. If a trucker makes a mistake that causes a crash, there’s a good chance that your vehicle will sustain extensive damage and you’ll suffer serious injuries.
Call 911 for help, seek treatment at the scene and a local hospital, and take steps to learn more about the accident and your legal rights.