Posted on: Mar. 09, 2017 in Driving, Safety

Sharing the road with other drivers requires you to be a bit of a mind reader. You must anticipate what others are going to do and allow them the room they need to maneuver. If the other vehicle is similar to yours, you may feel comfortable estimating the time they need to stop or how they’ll turn. But unless you’ve driven a large truck, any estimation you might apply to a vehicle this large can be a miscalculation. Not understanding how to share the road with trucks can have dangerous consequences for everyone.


Truck drivers understand what it will take for them to stop the vehicle they are driving. They have to consider factors such as road conditions, speed, the incline or decline of the road, just like you do. But they also have to account for the weight of the load they are hauling and the sheer size of their vehicle. Typically, they will need more time to stop than a smaller, lighter vehicle. The higher the rate of speed, the more time it will take.

Here’s where you come in. It may seem that the larger trucks leave a greater distance between themselves and the cars in front of them. It may be tempting to put yourself into that space in order to pass another vehicle in front of you. This is extremely dangerous. If you stop short, the truck will not be able to stop as quickly and may hit you. The bottom line is that you must allow trucks the room they need.

When traveling behind a truck, you need to use extra caution as well. If you cannot see a trucks mirrors, that truck cannot see you. What that means is that if you’re traveling closely behind a truck, the driver will have absolutely no idea that you are there. A truck will also significantly obstruct your view. You will not be able to see what’s happening in front of a truck which could include debris in the road or an accident ahead. You may not see if someone cuts off the truck. If the truck stops abruptly, you may not have the time that you need to stop.

Trucks can sometimes seem like a nuisance. It may seem like they go too slow, take up too much space, and stop you from getting where you want to go. But, the fact is we have to drive together respectfully and safely. Failing to do so can be a catastrophic mistake.

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