No matter how long you've been a licensed driver, driving near a semi-truck can still be nerve-wracking. Nationwide estimates 250,000 accidents happen between cars and 18-wheelers per year, which contributes to over 70% of automobile collisions.
So, it's important to remember these tips when driving near a semi-truck to ensure your safety:
- Their blind spot is bigger than yours. Keep the cab of the truck in your rear-view mirror before pulling out in front of one and pass on the left to maximize the visibility.
- They need more space to maneuver, so do not follow closely behind them.
- Do not pass a truck that appears to be backing up because you will enter their blind spot.
- Do not cut to the right of trucks that are turning because they cannot see cars directly behind or beside them.
- Turn off your bright headlights when driving near a truck. A truck's mirrors reflect the bright lights and could give the driver temporary blindness.
Be courteous to semi-trucks, and stay safe.