No automobile driver wants to get into an accident, particularly an accident with a semi-truck. These kinds of collisions are usually much worse than ones involving passenger cars alone because big rigs are so much heavier than automobiles. They also often carry hazardous materials, making semi-truck collisions with cars that much more dangerous.
It is always important to practice safe driving habits, but here are some particular ones that you should follow around big rigs, whether on city streets or the highway.
Stay Well Back
Some people like to tailgate in the slipstream of large trucks because they think it improves fuel efficiency. This might be the case, but doing so puts you in a very dangerous position. The rig driver cannot see vehicles directly behind him, and if he stops suddenly, then your car will slide right under the truck. Few automobile passengers survive that kind of accident.
Stay Out of the Truck’s Blind Spots
Not only do semi-truck drivers have a blind spot directly behind their tractor. They also have one directly in front of their cab and one on either side of the tractor, particularly on the right side. If you travel in these “no zones,” then the rig driver does not know you are there. This is dangerous if he decides to speed up, make a lane change or make a turn. A good way to avoid these areas is to make sure you can see the driver’s face in his side mirror. If you can see him, then he can see you.
You should also make sure that you can see the semi-truck driver in his side mirror before you pass him. Signal so that he and other vehicles know that you are about to move into the left lane. When you do, quickly pass the rig and ensure that it is in your rearview mirror before moving back in front of it in the right lane. Spend as little time in the truck’s “no zones” as possible when passing.
By following these safety tips, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting into an accident with a truck. If, though, you have had a collision with a large rig in Maryland, Virginia or D.C, then please contact us. Call us at 844-Take-MyCase or visit our website www.844TakeMyCase.com. You can also visit our Facebook page and then share our Facebook posts with friends. Please like our Facebook page, too.