As you travel back home from the holidays, you may run into several truckers and their huge trucks dominating the highways. The average driver, however, isn’t easily intimidated by these large vehicles. In fact, many drivers are guilty of cutting off truckers or forgetting they’re even on the roads in the first place. With over 4,000 deaths occurring yearly due to truck accidents, it is important that even the average driver is respectful of the truckers sharing the road with them. Here are 3 ways you can stay safe when driving around big trucks on the highway.
- Don’t Cut Off a Truck: While trucks can seem slow moving and a nuisance on the highway, drivers must remember that these vehicles are heavy, hard to maneuver, and deadly when out of control. Due to their large size, trucks cannot brake suddenly and take longer to stop than the average vehicle. If you need to merge in front of a truck, make sure you can see the vehicle’s two headlights completely in your rear mirror before signaling and merging.
- Avoid Blind Spots: Almost every truck you’ll drive by will have a warning sign regarding its blind spot. Due to their large vehicles, truckers have blind spots on every side of their truck. A third of accidents that occur with trucks happen due to regular drivers lingering in the trucker’s blind spot. Remember: if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you.
- Use Common Sense: Stay alert at all times while driving and keep calm when driving around large trucks. Remember to keep distractions at a minimum and use your signal light when merging. Truckers are trained to drive carefully around regular drivers and are hyper aware of the danger their vehicle could pose to other drivers. Working together with truckers can potentially help minimize accidents on the roads.
Stay safe this coming spring and work together with your fellow drivers to keep our roads safe. If you’ve been in a trucking accident, contact the lawyers at Needham Kepner & Fish, LLP. We’ll get to work collecting the evidence necessary to advance your injury case.