Sharing the roadways with trucks is a vital part of staying safe while driving. AAA's national safety campaign, "Share With Care," focuses on raising public awareness of truck safety issues and techniques for sharing the road with commercial trucks.
Large trucks, like cars, have blind spots to the sides where other vehicles are invisible. Unlike cars, however, trucks also have blind spots to the front and back. There is a blind spot 10 or 20 feet in front of the truck cab; the rear blind spot extends up to 200 feet behind the truck. AAA suggests not lingering in any of these areas.
Allow yourself plenty of time when passing a truck. At highway speeds, it can take up to 30 seconds to safely pass a truck. After passing, change lanes only when you can see the truck’s headlights or front grill in your rearview mirror.
Motorists also need to talk special care when driving near trucks in the following situations:
- Wind gusts - keep both hands firmly on the wheel to keep your vehicle steady when you pass a truck or when a truck passes you.
- Changing lanes - If a truck signals to change lanes, give it plenty of space.
- Right turns - trucks make wide right turns, and trying to pass one on the right is dangerous.
Although truck drivers are professionally trained, mishaps tend to happen when motorists forget that trucks cannot maneuver like cars.