The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated an excellent article, Tips for Driving Safely Around Large Trucks or Buses, on May 5, 2017. As the title suggests, there are actions that you can – and should – take to try to prevent crashes with large vehicles.
The first is to stay out of the “No Zones.” Large vehicles have large blind spots in the front, back and sides, and it’s crucial to not drive in these zones any longer than what is absolutely necessary. If, for example, you can’t see the driver by looking in the truck’s side mirror, it’s likely that he or she can’t see your vehicle. Either slow down or move ahead to become visible to the driver and be exceptionally careful when merging near one of these vehicles as you very well may be in a dangerous blind spot.
If you can see the driver in the side mirror and need to pass the large truck or bus, put on your turn signal and then accelerate promptly because you don’t want to spend any more time than is necessary in the blind spot zone. When you’re ready to return to the lane where the large vehicle is driving, make sure you are far enough ahead to safely return.
It’s never recommended that you cut in too close to another vehicle when changing lanes, and this is especially true with larger ones. Buses, for example, take 40 percent longer to stop; so, even if you aren’t in a blind spot, the driver may not be able to slow down quickly enough to prevent an accident.
Never pass a large vehicle from the right lane or when driving down a downgrade; the latter is when large trucks and buses pick up speed. If a large vehicle is passing you, slow down a bit to give the driver time to pass – and get out of his or her blind spot as quickly as possible.
Give the large trucks and buses extra room to turn; it isn’t unusual for a truck to need 55 feet to turn. So, they swing wide and may even start to turn from a middle lane, rather than the far-right lane that’s typical for average-sized vehicles.
The FMCSA article contains even more information about how to avoid being involved in a truck accident; find them here.
Truck Accidents Still Occur
No matter how careful drivers are, of course, truck accidents still occur. Sometimes weather conditions are the culprit. Other times, the truck driver is fatigued or is driving too fast or too carelessly.
And, unfortunately, because of the size and/or speed of the truck, many accidents result in severe and/or permanent injuries – even death.
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