Even if you do your best to avoid commercial trucks on the road, there will be times when you find yourself in proximity to these vehicles. When this happens, you must alter your driving style to improve your safety.
Here are several steps you can take to drive safely around commercial trucks:
- Don't take chances: Follow the rules of the road at all times, even if it means slowing down to maintain a high level of safety. For example, if a truck is attempting to change lanes, you may get the urge to speed up, so you don't get stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle. Rather than do this, back off and take your time.
- Be careful when passing: It's important to never pass a slow-moving truck in the right lane. Also, after you pass a truck, leave ample space before moving back in front of it.
- Watch for turns in tight quarters: In the city, a commercial truck may swing to the left to set up a right turn. If you get stuck behind or next to a truck doing this, it could result in an accident.
By following these tips, you'll find it easier to drive safely around commercial trucks. Unfortunately, the decisions you make have no impact on what truck drivers do when they're behind the wheel.
If a trucker causes an accident, such as by speeding or driving drowsy, you need to call for help and receive immediate medical attention. From there, you're in a better position to recover and to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.