Any time you drive on the highway, there’s a good chance you will encounter semis and big rigs. These large trucks are an important part of the country’s economy; however, they also present some hazards for others on the roads, especially if you don’t know how to stay safe while driving around them.
Being involved in an accident with a large truck can have devastating effects. Because of this, it’s a good idea to learn what mistakes to avoid to help reduce the likelihood you will be involved in an accident with a large truck.
Following too closely
When driving near a large truck, it is good to give them plenty of space. If you notice there’s a semi or big rig following too closely, change lanes (if possible). Large trucks require much more space to stop than a passenger vehicle, so you must provide this space while on the road.
Driving in their blind spots
Large trucks have a lot of blind spots. You can follow a general rule: if you can’t see the driver in their mirrors, they can’t see you. Try to avoid the areas that may lead to an accident.
When you pass a large truck, you may think you can merge in front of them once you have passed. However, you need to ensure there’s plenty of space before getting back in front of them. If you move over too soon and slow down or stop, it could result in a serious and potentially deadly accident.
Driving around large trucks is something most people do daily. Unfortunately, accidents can be deadly. Because of this, you should avoid the most common mistakes described above. If you are in a wreck, make sure that you fully understand your right to compensation for your losses.