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How to Drive Safely Around Tractor Trailers


Staying Safe on the Road with Trucks

When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, there are plenty of things you have to watch out for: children playing on the side of the road, pets that run out of their yards, and other drivers, to name a few. However, when you’re on the road with tractor trailers, you need to take extra precautions to ensure your safety.

Here’s how you can drive safely around tractor trailers and avoid accidents or injuries.

Allow for Enough Space

While your sedan may be able to stop short in the event of an emergency, the same can’t be said for semi-trucks. These vehicles need much more room to stop, making it important that you leave enough space between your car and the truck on the road.

This applies not only to space when driving in front or behind trucks but also when switching lanes around them.

Pass Safely

If you need to maneuver around a truck, make sure you’re doing so safely. Always pass on the left side of the tractor-trailer, using your turn signal, and allow for plenty of space between vehicles. You should also give yourself plenty of time to switch lanes, such as before you need to get off at an exit, and never quickly veer in front of a truck.

Avoid Distracted Driving

While you should always stay focused on the road when you’re driving, it’s especially important to avoid distraction when you’re around semi-trucks. Keep your phone away, don’t reach for food, and keep your eyes on the road. Even the slightest bit of lane shifting can cause an accident and serious injury to you or another driver.

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