Semi-trucks may be roadside behemoths, but did you know that most accidents between cars and semis are the car driver’s fault? Car drivers have responsibility for over 70% of all accidents between cars and semis.
The majority of truck drivers on the road put a high premium on safety. Make sure you do your part to keep yourself and those around you safe, as well. According to DefensiveDriving.org, you should always give trucks right-of-way and pass trucks quickly.
Always let trucks go first
Even if you are in a hurry, you should always give the truck right-of-way. If you are wondering whether to make a move (to pass, or to merge) first or let a truck go first: let the truck go. It is much safer to avoid pushing your way in front of a truck.
You should also never tailgate a truck. It is possible that if you are too close to a semi, the driver will not be able to see you due to the rear blind spot. Additionally, getting into a rear-end collision with a truck is especially bad for car drivers, as the semi’s rear bumper is often at the same height as a car windshield.
Pass quickly, watch for lights
Semi-trucks have blind spots everywhere, and it is best to spend as little time in these as possible. If you have to pass a truck, stay on the left and accelerate a little if it is possible.
Semis may appear intimidating, but a little bit of patience and the right application of speed can help you share the road with them safely.