20 Driving Tips - #4 Sharing the Road with Trucks
No one wants to meet a truck by accident. But get closer than 200 feet behind a truck, and you may be saying hello their blind spot.
WHEN FOLLOWING A TRUCK:
- Make sure you are far enough behind the truck so that the driver can see you in the side mirrors. If you can't see the truck's mirrors, chances are the driver can't see you. Following too closely also impairs your own vision of the road ahead and increase your changes for an accident or injury.
TO PASS A TRUCK:
- First check for no passing zone markings or signs. Check your mirrors, and signal your intention to move when it is safe to do so.
- Complete your pass as quickly as possible. Signal your intention to move back in front of the truck only when you can see the front of the truck in your rearview mirror.
On a level highway, it takes 3 to 5 seconds longer to pass a truck than a car.