Truck accidents are often the deadliest kind of accidents on the road, with drivers and passengers on the other vehicle—not the truck—more likely to sustain serious injuries, even death. In other words, you have every reason to be a little nervous when passing a truck on a highway. By following these safety tips, you can place yourself in a safer position when navigating the country’s highways.
- Avoid a Truck’s Blind Spots
Trucks have four notable blind spots that put you in potential danger when the driver changes lanes, stops, or turns. Observe the following safety tips.
- When you’re behind a truck, drive at least 4 cars away
- Make sure the truck driver can see you in its mirrors
- If you’re driving in front, make sure you’re at least 3 seconds ahead of the truck so the driver can see your brake lights
- If you’re passing a truck, honk and pass calmly on the left, giving the truck plenty of berth.
- Always Think of Space
Always give yourself plenty of space away from the truck, whether you’re driving behind, on either side or out front. Far too many distracted drivers have rear-ended trucks because they’re driving too closely. At the very least, you should give a truck a berth of about 3 to 40 seconds.
- NEVER Cut Off a Truck
With trucks often transporting several tons of goods, the last thing you want to do is cut one off at high speeds. Again, it’s all about space—give the truck driver enough time to react to your attempt at merging. In addition, be sure to use your turn signals. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, be sure you know your rights by sitting down for a consultation with a San Antonio truck accident lawyer. Contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.