Avoid traveling close behind a truck because if you follow it closely, you are driving blind. You can’t see around the truck and the trucker will not be able to see you either. Never follow a truck at a time interfewerof less than two seconds.
If you try to pass the truck do it as fast as possible. When you manage to pass it, keep the speed up and get reasonable distance after.
If you speed up, then pass and slow down what is the point in that? It is irritating for the truck driver and it’s dangerous too!
You don’t want to be involved in semi truck accidents because you get in front of a truck and then slow down!
Furthermore, you should never use your high beams when following a truck at night. And last but not list avoid stopping too close behind a truck on an upgrade. If the truck stops from some reason and you fallowed to close, it could smash your car.
Don’t fallow to close because:
- You may hit debris that the truck has passed over without trouble. Or some other hazards to passenger vehicles like tire blowouts or other flying objects that are not as big of a treat for a truck;
- You may be unable to avoid a rear-end collision with the truck if you are driving too closely.
9. After Passing a Truck, Do Not Cut In Front Of It Immediately
This kind of goes without saying, you should never just cut in front of someone! But it is especially true if they are an 80,000 pound vehicle!
It doesn’t matter how good of truck driving school they went to, and whether or not they are experienced truck drivers. A driver can’t stop that much weight quickly, regardless the experience they have under their belt!
Just like a loaded train takes forever to stop, so does a loaded class 8 trucks. Semi truck accidents caused by someone cutting in front of the truck can be the most serious one. As the truck may just roll over your car and/or force it into the back of the next vehicle.
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With that said, I believe you get the picture! Not a pretty sight! So, next time you are around big rig remember: After passing a truck, do not cut in front of it immediately!
10. Avoid Driving Aggressively
It seems everyone has road rage these days! Well do your best to not fall victim to that.
But driving aggressively is more than road rage. Actually it is so much about emotion as it is about your driving technique.
Aggressive driving is when you follow too close. It can be when you weave in and out changing lanes recklessly. Not using your blinkers as you should, can be driving aggressively!
Something else aggressive drivers often do is stomping the gas pedal to get up to speed to only slam on the brakes because of slower vehicles.
So, avoid driving aggressively if you don’t want your name on the FMCSA’s 2017 semi truck accidents report!
Few Other Helpful Tips That Can Help Preventing Semi Truck Accidents
There are a ton of safety tips sometimes it can seem as if there are just one too many! Heck, it is almost as if we protecting ourselves from ourselves! There needs to be a balance but until we find that, here are some other things to help you stay away of semi truck accidents.
Use common sense when you are driving! I know there is nothing common about common sense, but when you are on unlit, dark or one of the dangerous roads, be extra careful! Not just for other vehicles but debris on the roads as well; and be especially careful of wildlife, such as deer!
A perfect example will be if you are driving your car on winter weather, on an icy road, and right in front of you is a tanker truck, or one of the rented dump trucks, or even worse: – one of the moving truck rental companies trucks!
Now that’s all good, the road is for all of us to share it, but suddenly, you can clearly see that the truck driver is having difficulties with keeping the truck steady because of the bad weather conditions!
Well, in that case, don’t cut in front, don’t pass by and slow down… keep distance and do all ten tips for preventing a semi truck accidents that I’ve mentioned above. And add some of yours tips too! So yes, use common sense!
I said this earlier but let me repeat it.
Make sure you and all your passengers (especially children) are properly buckled up. Don’t let them climb around and horseplay. This can cause a major distraction. Too much noise and movement can cause an unnecessary distraction.
Keep your vehicle clean. Don’t have things like tissue boxes on the dashboard. In the event of an accident these things can be hurled right into your head.
Try to have a trash bag and place empty soda and other containers in there. The last thing you want is a bottle rolling under feet and blocking the pedals. Also keeping your vehicle tidy will help prevent possible projectiles if you were in semi truck accidents.
Something else to consider is to always keep your windows and mirrors clean. It won’t help you if the truck mirrors are clean, if yours are not!
Keep your field of view clear; resist the urge to hang things from your rearview mirror. Make sure your mirrors are adjusted and positioned properly.