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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Safety Tips For Sharing the Road with Semi-Trucks

The United States Department of Transportation estimates that 500,000 semi-truck accidents occur every year in the United States, and 5,000 of those accidents involve a fatality.  With the number of semi-trucks on the road expected to dramatically increase in the coming years, here are a few safety tips for sharing the road with semi-trucks:

  • Semi-trucks have larger blind spots than normal-sized passenger vehicles.  These blind spots are called “no zones.”  If you cannot see the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you.  Always be sure you can see the truck driver’s mirror.
  • Make sure that you can see the front of the truck in your rear-view mirror before passing the truck.
  • Do not flash your headlights signaling that you want to pass a truck as this signal has no universal meaning and could easily be misunderstood by the driver.
  • Never cut off a truck as they have much longer braking distances than passenger cars.  Some large trucks require a full 300 feet to come to a complete stop.

Finally, be alert at all times when operating a motor vehicle to help keep everyone on the road safe!

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