Driving Around Large Trucks: 2 Important Safety Tips

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cars
January 19, 2023
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Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about driving around large trucks.

trucks on the road

Whether it is a massive garbage truck, a large amazon truck, or any of the massive delivery trucks going from place to place, you might find that they take up a massive section of the road and it can be very hard to get around as you try to avoid them. 

But a lot of accidents happen as cars try to drive around them, so knowing how to share the road with large trucks and drive around them safely is a very important skill.

Here’s what you need to know whenever it comes to driving around large trucks, because it will keep you and the truck driver safe on the road. 

Understand That Trucks Have Blind Spots That Are Different Than A Car.

Every single vehicle has blind spots, or spots that simply can’t be seen while driving even with mirrors. However, for very large trucks, they have much bigger blind spots and will often make larger movements even if cars are in their blind spots. So you need to know where the blind spots are on a large truck and do your best to stay out of them.

Additionally, you should also make sure that you are telegraphing your moves as you are driving around the big truck. So make sure that before you turn, change lanes, or stop in front of a big truck, you show what you are doing well in advance. Large trucks aren’t going to be able to stop as quickly as a car can, and they also have a lot more to manage as they try to stop. So make sure to keep that in mind. 

Showcasing your moves well in advance while around a big truck will help both you and the driver be able to react to the changing conditions of the road. It might seem frustrating, especially if you want to move as fast as possible toward your destination, but hugging the back of a huge truck isn’t going to get you there. 

Give A Big Truck Space

Additionally, you don’t want to be driving too close to a big truck, because they might come to a sudden stop or need to react to a road situation, and if you don’t give them space you might find yourself the victim of an accident. So leave some space for the large truck to be able to move, and you won’t be at risk.

When passing a huge truck, make sure you can look into the truck’s side mirror and see the driver’s face. Because if you can’t see them, then they can’t see you and won’t be able to react if you try to move in those spots. 

Also, if you are cutting in front of a large truck, give them space as well, because it takes trucks a long time to stop. 

Still, if you are involved in an accident with a big rig truck, such as a garbage truck, then you need to get in touch with an experienced attorney. Trucking companies don’t like paying a lot of money to victims of trucking accidents, and that is why you need to have an attorney fighting for you. 

The experienced attorney will work with you to discover what caused the accident, and who was at fault, and will also represent you both for the settlement as well as in court if the case gets that far. 

They will fight to get you payment for your medical expenses and damage to your car or your property, and then you can get back on the road with a much better knowledge of getting around big trucks.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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