Driving on the highways with eighteen-wheelers can be intimidating. When surrounded by these large trucks, many drivers tense up, and worry for their safety. With the number of truck drivers expected to dramatically increase in coming years, drivers will have to learn to share the road with eighteen-wheelers. Take these tips into consideration to worry less around large trucks.
Eighteen-wheelers need much more time to brake than a normal vehicle. For this reason, hitting your brakes hard directly in front of a truck is likely to result in a deadly accident. Instead, keep plenty of space between you and an eighteen-wheeler behind you, and be cautious of braking vehicles ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to brake and you’ll be safe near an eighteen-wheeler.
Because of the size and design of large trucks, there are substantially more blind spots for them than for a regular vehicle. Be mindful of these blind spots and learn to avoid them in order to be seen. Eighteen-wheelers have four common blind spots:
- In Front: 15’ directly in front of the truck
- Behind: 30’ directly behind the truck
- Driver’s side: a small blind spot directly on the truck’s left side.
- Passenger’s side: a much larger blind spot on the right side of the truck.
To drive safely near eighteen-wheelers, avoid following too closely and beware of the areas where you are unseen– especially if you are in a small car. In order to be seen by trucks, avoid staying in their blind spots for too long. Quickly pass them if you must get by, or lag behind if that is not possible.
Share the Road
It’s easy to forget that you must share the road with eighteen-wheelers in order to keep everyone involved safe. Allow truck drivers plenty of space and time for merging and lane switching. It requires much more cooperation from drivers around them to successfully switch lanes and merge into traffic– for this reason, don’t make the situation more difficult than it needs to be. This will decrease the likelihood of an accident from an anxious truck driver.
Austin Law Firm for Eighteen-Wheeler Accidents
Even the safest drivers can be involved in an accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with an eighteen-wheeler, contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas online or call us toll-free at 1-866-760-0358 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury.