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Share the road safely with large trucks

The weather is quickly turning warmer, and summertime is almost in full swing. This is often the time that families take to the road for vacations. Because it is often cheaper to drive than to fly, the roads become even more packed with travelers on holiday weekends. 

Large trucks are constantly moving across the country to deliver goods for consumers to buy. As the roads get busier and trucks must adjust to an influx of traffic, use these tips to keep your family safe from accidents with large trucks if you are on the road.

Beware of blind spots

You know how frustrating and dangerous it can be whenever another vehicle remains in your blind spot for several miles, but did you know that trucks have additional blind spots? It is difficult for them to see you if you are on the side of, in front of or behind them. Always remember that if you cannot see a truck’s mirrors, the driver also cannot see you.

Practice safe passing

Passing a large truck is nothing like passing a small car. The first thing you should do is make sure that the truck driver can see you before you make your move. Signal very clearly and pass the truck as quickly as possible. Before you resume your spot in front of the truck, put a little extra space between your vehicle and the truck.

Avoid the cut-off

Trucks cannot stop as quickly as smaller vehicles. In fact, it takes them close to 40 percent longer to come to a full stop. If you cut a truck off so that it must stop with little room, the results can be disastrous. Even if the driver can see you, the person may not have enough time to stop before hitting you.

Do your part but know your rights

Because trucks are so much larger and carry much more weight than most vehicles, accidents with them can be tragic and deadly. It is important for all drivers to be aware of the other and practice safe driving skills to prevent personal injuries.

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