It's hard to spend any amount of time on the road without finding yourself in close proximity to at least one commercial truck. If you're on the interstate, you can expect to see these types of vehicles time after time.
Sharing the road with commercial trucks is easier said than done, as there are many steps you must take to keep yourself safe. Here are three tips you should always keep in mind:
- Never take a risk: You won't always like how a trucker is driving, but that doesn't mean you should take a risk. For example, you may assume that there's nothing wrong with passing a truck in the right lane. However, this is a risk that greatly increases the chance of an accident.
- Leave more space: It doesn't matter if you're driving behind a truck, next to it or making a lane change, you should leave as much space as possible. It takes commercial trucks more time to stop, so leaving additional space helps keep you safe.
- Wide turns are common: On city streets, commercial truckers often struggle to share the road with others. You can make life easier on them by leaving more space, such as when a trucker is setting up a right turn.
Even if you follow these tips for sharing the road with commercial trucks, you could still be involved in an accident.
Due to the size difference, a car-truck accident can result in serious damage, injury and even death. If you're injured in an accident, call for help, receive medical treatment and then learn more about your legal rights. While your health comes first, there are steps you can take to protect your financial well-being.