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DRIVING TRUCK SMART IS NO ACCIDENT
Take care when driving around trucks. It may be the most important thing you do behind the wheel. It's a basic concept: A truck simply does not drive like a car. They can't make the same sudden moves a car can, they have much larger blind spots, and they need a lot more room to stop. And with more than 6 million of them on our roads and highways, practicing a few simple methods of driving safely around trucks is a must for anyone who wants to live to drive another day.
Protect yourself, protect your passengers. Learn how to share the road safely with trucks and everyone reaches their destination in one piece.
Stay out of trucks' blind spots. Sometimes the need to pass the truck is unavoidable. But if you must do so, don't linger alongside them. All vehicles have blind spots, but a truck's blind spots are far larger than a car's which can result in highly dangerous, high-speed situations.
Always give trucks room in front. Never cut too close in front of a truck. Because of their increased stopping distance, cutting as closely in front of a truck as you would a car may be the last mistake you ever make.
Watch for wide turns. Trucks have a much wider turning radius than a car does so be aware of where they may need to go, especially in narrower urban environments. Close sidewalks, signs and utility poles, often cause trucks to cross the yellow line when making right turns, and the auto driver who is aware of this possibility is the driver who survives it.
The Key to Safer Highways: Know the No-Zone The No-Zone is the area around the trucks where cars disappear into blindspots or are so close that they restrict the truck driver's ability to stop or maneuver safely. Both types of No-Zones greatly increase the potential for a crash.
Download the Truck Smart fact sheets to learn more about safe driving around big rigs. Follow the other links to download posters, videos and other training materials that can assist you in spreading the Truck Smart message.