5 Don’ts When Driving Next to Semi Trucks

Accidents involving trucks and cars are too common.

Traffic accidents are one of the major reasons trucking remains one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America.

According to studies, cars are at fault in over three quarters of these accidents.

But it isn’t about pointing fingers. It’s about making road conditions safer for everyone.

So with that said, here are five don’ts that could make roads safer if all drivers followed them.


1. Don’t cut trucks off!

Trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds. They can take up to two football fields to stop, in the best of conditions. They aren’t letting you in, they’re trying to leave room to stop.


2. Don’t pass on the right!

Blind spots on trucks are huge and the biggest one is on the right. When you pass a truck on the right, you’re almost impossible to see.


3. Don’t forget to turn on your headlights!

This is especially important if it’s foggy, raining or snowing. If your headlights aren’t on, truckers have little hope of seeing you in their mirrors.


4. Don’t get impatient!

When you’re stuck behind one truck slowly passing another, it’s easy to get impatient. But you should know that a lot of trucks have governors or speed limiters in them. They literally can’t drive any faster, so give them the benefit of the doubt. They’re not trying to get in your way.


5. Don’t be ungrateful!

This is less of a driving tip, but a lot of the accidents between trucks and cars are the result of drivers being too aggressive. Whether you realize it or not, those trucks are serving you. They’re delivering your food, medicine, clothing and electronics. They’re delivering that thing you bought on Amazon yesterday.

Remember that. Slow down. And let truckers do their job.



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Author: Steele Roddick

Steele is a writer and editor who grew up in a family of truckers. His grandfather owned a small trucking business for years. Being legally blind, however, Steele knew he could never drive and needed to find different ways to contribute. These days he does so with his words and by promoting LoadPal, an app he likes to think his grandfather, and certainly his grandmother, would have loved.

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