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3 safety tips when sharing the road with large trucks 

On Behalf of | Nov 13, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Trucks and larger commercial vehicles can be a formidable presence on the road. Generally, all other road users will be operating significantly smaller means of transportation. As a result, a collision with a truck can have catastrophic consequences. 

However, there are steps that road users may take to keep themselves protected. Outlined below are three safety tips when sharing the road with large trucks. 

Be wary when a truck is turning

Larger vehicles usually require more room as well as some extra time when performing a turn. As a result, it is not uncommon for trucks to operate very widely in the lane that they are traveling in. Furthermore, they could even stray into another lane when turning. Therefore, it may be in your best interests to remain patient when a truck is turning as well as allow them plenty of room. 

Try to avoid blindspots

Every vehicle has an area in its surroundings that the driver is unable to see. Spaces where the driver’s view is fully obstructed are commonly referred to as blind spots. Trucks and larger vehicles typically have more accentuated blind spots and it is vital to bear this in mind. 

Allow plenty of room when following

It can be extremely hazardous to follow too closely behind a truck or commercial vehicle. Frequently, this can lead to accidents where the smaller vehicle is trapped underneath the truck’s trailer. The outcome of such incidents can be devastating and this is worth remembering. Consequently, the best way to protect yourself may be to increase your following distance to at least four seconds. 

It may be intimidating at first to share the road with larger vehicles but there are ways to protect yourself. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in an accident, there may be legal options available to you.