Tips for Safe Driving Around Trucks

Large trucks (and not just 18-wheelers!) have unique challenges on our roadways. Here’s what you need to know…

Give large trucks more room!

There are dozens of reasons you should give big trucks more space, but the most important reason is that you DO NOT want to be involved in an accident with one. Car accidents that involve large trucks often result in serious injuries.

Tire blowouts are common.

Loaded trucks are often transporting materials weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Can you imagine the stress that puts on tires? You DO NOT want to get caught behind a large truck when a tire blows and heavy rubber starts flying. This is another great reason to give big trucks more room on the road.

Avoid driving in their blind spots.

The passenger side of a large truck has more blind spots than the driver’s side. DO NOT pass large trucks on the right, always try to pass on the left. A good tip: if you can’t see the truck driver’s face, he can’t see you. Move your vehicle out of these blind spots to avoid danger.

blind spots around 18-wheeler highlighted in yellow
Avoid driving in these dangerous areas (highlighted in yellow) when sharing the road with large trucks.

Pass with care.

After passing a large truck, DO NOT cut it off. At 60 miles per hour, it can take a fully loaded 18-wheeler the length of three football fields to come to a complete stop.

Follow these simple tips to safely navigate the road around big trucks and other large commercial vehicles.

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