How to pass a truck safely

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2020 | truck accidents |

There’s nothing quite like a slow-moving truck to slow you down when driving. The problem is, big rigs can be a devil to pass. Like it or not, if you are in a rush to get somewhere, slowing down may be quicker in the long run. Getting hit by a truck is likely to land you in the hospital or the grave.

Despite the massive windscreen on a truck, the view is not great. If you are in your car, there are specific no-go zones around a truck to avoid. If you are in one of these zones, you are likely to be invisible to the truck driver. Big rig drivers bear extra responsibility to understand their blind spots and take adequate measures to check them before maneuvering. As a car driver, you can help by staying out of these no-go zones as much as possible. These are the blind spots:

  • Alongside: There is a large blind spot on either side of a truck, sometimes extending more than one lane. When you pass a truck, do so quickly, so you spend as little time alongside as possible.
  • Under the nose: Truckers are high off the ground, they cannot see what is beneath them. When overtaking, ensure you leave an adequate distance before pulling in; otherwise, they may run straight over the top of you.
  • Tucked up behind: Tailgating is always dangerous, no matter what vehicle you are behind. Being too close to the rear of a semi-truck comes with an added danger, and if the truck brakes, you may slide underneath it. If you can’t see the driver in his wing mirror, drop back until you can.

When trying to overtake a big rig, take the time to ensure you can pass safely. While an Orange County attorney can help you claim compensation if you are hit by a truck, the consequences of a truck crash can be devastating for you and your family.