An accident with a tractor-trailer can cause severe injuries or even death so it’s always important to protect yourself when driving near one. To learn some defensive tactics, please read on.
Keep Your Distance
You should never drive closely to any car especially a tractor trailer. Most weigh tens of thousands of pounds and while truck drivers are trained professionals and require a lot of training and need to follow certain rules and protocols, you should always be prepared for an accident.
Be Mindful of Blind Spots
Since trucks are a longer length, it can be harder for drivers to see. It is important to remember truck drivers have blind spots and to always make sure the driver can see you. Anything can happen and if the truck driver makes a quick turn or lane switch, you want to make sure you’re not in his blind spot or close enough to get hit.
Take Note of Weather
If the roads are icy or it’s especially windy, it is important to drive with those road conditions in mind. A huge 18-wheeler has a large amount of wind surface and as a result, it can be blown out of its lane or even blow into the side of the road or worse, your car or lane.
Trucks Have Different Driving Styles
The length, size, and weight of trucks causes their drivers to adjust their driving styles compared to someone in a car. As a result, they will drive differently in some ways such as taking turns. Truck drivers require more space to turn so you should always give them a lot of space when they need to execute one.
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