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Common mistakes drivers make when sharing the road with trucks

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driving alongside trucks on the road can feel intimidating. Navigating around these large vehicles requires caution and awareness.

Unfortunately, there are common mistakes that drivers make that can lead to accidents and endanger others on the road.

Ignoring blind spots

Does it surprise you to learn that 19,515 individuals died in motor vehicle accidents in 2023? In many cases, these incidents involved trucks, which have larger blind spots than cars, especially on the right side and behind the trailer. If you cannot see the driver’s face in their side mirror, they cannot see you either.

Tailgating trucks

Following too closely behind a truck can create a personal injury situation. Trucks require more stopping distance than cars, so tailgating reduces your ability to react to sudden changes in traffic.

Cutting off trucks

Trucks have a longer stopping distance, and sudden braking can cause them to rear-end your vehicle or swerve into other lanes to avoid a collision. Always give trucks ample space when merging or changing lanes.

Passing unsafely

Passing a truck requires careful planning and execution. Many drivers make the mistake of passing a truck without leaving enough space or without signaling properly. Provide enough room to complete the pass safely, and remember that passing on the right is especially risky due to the larger blind spot on that side of the truck.

Failing to yield

Failing to yield the right of way to trucks can have serious consequences. Whether at intersections, merging lanes or when entering highways, always give trucks the space they need to maneuver safely. Trying to beat a truck at a merge or intersection is never worth the risk of a collision.

Sharing the road with trucks requires understanding and respect for their size and limitations. Avoid these common mistakes and practice defensive driving techniques.


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