How to stay safe when driving around trucks

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The roads in North Carolina can be hazardous at the best of times. However, potential dangers become heightened with the presence of larger trucks. Due to the size differential, drivers in smaller vehicles often face catastrophic injuries when involved in a collision with a truck. 

It is beneficial for road users to be aware of methods that could help to protect themselves from accidents. Outlined below are some useful tips on how to stay safe when driving around trucks: 

Be sure to give larger trucks plenty of room

There are numerous benefits to maintaining a safe distance from trucks. For example, keeping a safe distance could allow you more time to react in the event that something goes wrong. It is always worth bearing in mind that as an operator of a smaller vehicle, an accident with a truck could be life-altering. 

Be aware of trucking blind spots 

All vehicles have blind spots. These are areas around the vehicle where the driver’s view is obstructed. Blind spots can be more prominent in trucks because they generally do not benefit from rearview mirrors and windows. As a result, you should do your utmost to ensure that truck drivers can see you. You may increase the chances of this by always trying to pass on the left-hand side. Typically, if you cannot see the driver’s face, that means they cannot see you. 

Avoid pulling up in front of trucks 

Road users should always be wary of the braking distance of trucks. Research suggests that it can take a fully-loaded 18-wheeler up to the length of three football lengths to come to a stop when traveling at 60 mph. 

As a driver, it is in your best interests to know how to protect yourself. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, it’s best that you brush up on your legal rights in your situation.