Always take extra measures when driving around commercial vehicles because they might be harmful. These cars are more ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs because they have wider blind zones, are harder to control, and take longer to stop than passenger cars.
Compared to conventional passenger cars, heavy rigs and other large vehicles have substantially greater blind spots: One lane wide travels back to roughly half the length of the trailer on the driver’s side. Two lanes wide, extending somewhat behind the trailer on the right side. 30 feet behind the truck and 20 feet in front of it Never ever enter a truck’s blind spot while driving. So that the driver can see you in the side mirrors, slow down or move in front of the car. Larger mirrors in commercial trucks than in passenger cars could be ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇd by strong headlights. Reduce your lights to a typical low-beam setting as you go ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to a truck to prevent dazzling the driver through his or her mirrors.
However, because a commercial truck is a big, heavy vehicle that can’t stop as quickly as a passenger car, passing cautiously ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to one is much more crucial. Truck drivers require time to react, change their speed as necessary, and apply the brakes. To make yourself more visible to a driver of a big truck, pass it on the left side. Keep your speed consistent and communicate clearly and in advance at all times. Before merging back into the lane in front of the truck, make sure you can see it in your rearview mirror to maintain a safe distance. Slow down when a truck passes you so the driver has room to navigate safely and effectively in front of you.
Turn on your turn signal sooner while merging into or around a commercial truck to give the driver more time to respond to your intended maneuver and slow down if necessary. Avoid encroaching into the lane in front of a big truck if the oncoming traffic is likely to slam on the brakes or halt suddenly. Trucks take longer to slow down, so a quick lane change might not give the driver enough time to avoid ʜɪᴛting your bumper.
Always leave four seconds between your car and a commercial truck when driving. The driver cannot see you when you tailgate a huge rig. You run the ʀɪsᴋ of being forced below the trailer of a huge truck if you can’t stop in time or are rear-ended when driving ᴄʟᴏsᴇly behind one. You’ll have more time to respond if you keep a safe distance from other vehicles in case of tire blowouts or rollovers brought on by strong winds.
Compared to passenger vehicles, semi-trailer trucks need greater room for turning, and the cab and trailer move along separate tracks. For a right turn to be possible, a truck may need to swing to the left or start the turn in the middle lane. Passing a truck that is using its turn signal is prohiBɪᴛᴇd, as is driving in between the truck and the curb. Make sure your car is securely behind the line when coming to a complete stop at a junction since trucks need that room to turn.
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