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On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Truck Accidents

The roadways in the U.S. are often crowded as people commute to and from work or travel for leisure. With so many different types of vehicles on the road, it can be quite nerve-wracking to navigate any particular route at high speeds.

Some individuals experience heightened anxiety when driving close to large semitrucks. The size of a heavy truck compared to a driver’s small car may intimidate them. In the event of a collision, the smaller vehicle will be outmatched. Therefore, it is important to drive safely and confidently.

Tips to safely share the road with semitrucks

Texas is the state that has the highest number of semitruck accidents, according to a study in 2022. You can feel safer driving next to or behind a semitruck in the Lone Star State – and anywhere else, for that matter – by following these tips:

  • Be vigilant. Stay within the speed limit and constantly survey your surroundings. If a truck is behind you, move to the right as soon as possible and let them pass.
  • Keep away from blind spots. These include the right side of the truck, which is the biggest blind spot, behind the truck, and in front of the cab.
  • Signal your intentions if you need to turn or pass the truck.
  • Never cut a truck off! Truck drivers cannot brake as quickly as you can. They take twice the distance to come to a stop as a car does.
  • Maintain a safe distance when you follow a semitruck.
  • Avoid distractions such as the phone, the radio dial and the cup of coffee sitting in your cupholder.

Take your time as you travel so that you can drive safely past semitrucks on the highway. Sometimes, accidents happen despite motorists’ best efforts. If one happens to you, you’ll need to seek assistance with handling the aftermath.