Learn how to safely share the road with trucks
We know that trucks may be intimidating & therefore may be a danger to you if you’re not careful. Learn tips on how to share the road with trucks.
Trucks play a vital part in transporting goods across our country. However, due to their sheer size and mass they can be intimidating and dangerous for other drivers.
It is therefore paramount that we not only learn the dangers of driving recklessly and not being alert/aware around trucks but also how to share the roads with trucks to decrease the amount of crashes and fatalities on our roads.
The dangers of driving recklessly around trucks
Motorists and truck drivers share the same roads which means that at one point or another, the two will come across each other on the road. This is all good and well until motorists become frustrated and start driving recklessly around trucks. Not only can this cause delays on the trucker’s behalf but it can be extremely dangerous.
If you think about the basic laws of physics, the larger an object is, the more difficult it will be to stop. This is very true in the case of trucks. Not only do they take a lot longer to speed up and slow down, but they crash harder too, a lot harder.
Trucks behave very differently to cars. If you were to suddenly overtake a truck and not take into consideration the extra weight the truck is carrying, the truck driver will not be able to stop his/her truck in time and the end result will likely be carnage.
Sudden change in direction, harsh braking and inconsistent acceleration are all things that can affect the safe drivability of trucks. Therefore, it is important that we know how to share the roads with trucks to decrease the amount of crashes for both motorists and truckers. After all – we’re all just trying to arrive at our destinations safely.
Let’s learn some tips that will help in sharing the roads with trucks.
4 tips to safely share the roads with trucks
- Give trucks extra space
- Keep out of blind spots
- Signal early/in advance
- Be patient with trucks
Truck drivers can’t help the fact that they’re hauling tons of weight around that slows them down and makes it harder for them to stop. However, we can take steps to reduce truck related crashes by being better drivers. Let’s look deeper into how to share the road with trucks.
Give trucks extra space
Tailgating and cutting off trucks is extremely dangerous and should never be done. Trucks cannot stop quickly and whether you’re tailgating or jumping a gap, it is putting lives at risk.
Always give more than enough space between you and a truck. Keep in mind that different conditions will require you to give more space, for example: if the roads are very dusty, trucks will spray up a lot of dust and decrease your visibility.
Keep out of blind spots
Trucks have much larger blind spots than regular cars and because of this it makes it far more difficult for truck drivers to see vehicles in adjacent lanes.
Always drive so that you stay visible to the truck driver. Remember: if you can’t see a truck driver’s face in his side mirror, he can’t see you.
Signal early/in advance
Trucks have a much wider turning circle which means that they need a lot more space to turn than ordinary cars. They also take longer to stop which means that they need to know in advance what other motorists intend to do.
If you’re driving in front of a truck, signal early and let them know what you plan on doing. The last thing you need it to have a massive truck rear-end you.
Be patient with trucks
One of the most important tips to safely sharing the roads with trucks to express patience.
Trucks are a lot slower, take longer to turn and stop and may cause delays. However, you need to be patient and remember to not act impulsively. When motorists act on impulse, crashes happen, and people get hurt.
Our economy depends on trucking which means that trucks aren’t going anywhere soon. The best thing that we can do to decrease the amount of truck-related crashes on the road is to learn how to share the roads with trucks to create a safer environment.
Being a truck driver is a very stressful job. The drivers face immense pressure on a daily basis. By following these above tips, you can decrease pressure, increase safety and create a safer environment for all.
At the end of the day, we all have one common shared value – we just want to arrive at our destinations safely. Remember this when driving your Renault KWID car around trucks. Every life matters, #drivetribe.