Driving commercially is a special skill set, so many drivers of passenger cars have little knowledge of the performance capabilities of large trucks. It is not uncommon for a large truck and a passenger car to become entangled in an accident that has resulted because of driver error.
Due to the large volume of commercial trucks moving across our nation’s highways and roadways every day, it is important for passenger car drivers to understand how they can drive for safety when sharing the road or highway with large commercial trucks.
Avoid Driving in the “No Zones”
No zones are areas around, behind and beside a commercial truck that are, to varying degrees, a “blind spot” for the driver. Drivers should always seek to maintain maximum distance from commercial trucks. Other unsafe actions that are extremely risky due to the “no zone” factor are:
- Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
- Maneuvering to the right of a truck that is making a right turn
- Driving between large trucks
Understanding Commercial Truck Braking Challenges
Commercial truck drivers must manage driving challenges that stem from brake acceleration limitations. This is another reason it is important for passenger car drivers to give commercial trucks a wide berth and avoid the following maneuvers:
- Misjudging an approaching truck’s speed at an intersection and attempting to make a left turn in front of the truck
- Merging improperly into traffic and forcing a truck to change lanes or brake quickly
- Failure to slow down or speed up for a truck that is merging or changing lanes
- Unsafe passing, specifically passing with insufficient headway
- Entering traffic from a roadside position without sufficient acceleration, in front a truck
Other Driving Precautions
If you have made an cross state or cross country trips you might have experienced the phenomenon of passing a large truck and then feeling that the car is almost being blown off course by the wind. This is due to the force of air turbulence being impacted by the size and speed of the truck. Always exercise extreme caution and drive with both hands on the steering wheel when passing a large truck on the highway.
Finally, it’s important to remember to never abandon a disabled vehicle in a travel lane. Always make sure that you maneuver your disabled vehicle completely off of the highway and onto a safe part of the road’s shoulder.
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