Most commuters pass by semi-trucks daily. Whether it’s on the way to work or to the grocery store, you tend to drive alongside multiple commercial vehicles during your trip, which means you are at risk for truck accidents every day.
Luckily, there are some ways to protect yourself and others while sharing the roads with semi-trucks, commercial vehicles and other large cars.
Keep away from the roads at night
Most drivers know that nighttime is the most dangerous time to be on the roads, but it’s even worse for truck drivers since they are handling large cargo and long trips across the country. The only guaranteed way to avoid nighttime collisions with trucks is to stay off the roads at night. You can also avoid accidents by staying alert and avoiding drowsy driving.
Watch your speed
Many accidents start after passenger vehicles try to speed past commercial trucks. It’s better to lay off the gas pedal and keep your distance whenever you can. If you feel like you are too close to a large truck, try to slow down and stay out of the blind spots. A good indicator is if you cannot see the truck driver’s side mirror, you are probably in a blind spot.
Use safe maneuvers
Along with speed control, you need to use proper maneuvers to navigate around trucks. It’s not enough to give trucks enough space; you also need to pass safely. You do not want to let aggression to take over your driving, so make sure that you are taking your time to pass and travel politely with commercial drivers.
It’s not enough for just truck drivers to stay safe on the road. Everyone needs to practice defensive driving in order to protect themselves from potential accidents. If you end up in a crash, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible.