How to stay safe when driving around tractor trailers

Although tractor trailers are essential for the American economy, they pose a serious danger to motorists in Maryland and across the country. In 2014, large trucks were involved in the deaths of 3,744 people in the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This makes up 8.3 percent of the nation’s motor vehicle accident fatality rate. Whether you are running your daily errands or traveling across state lines, it is crucial that you know how to drive safely around these massive vehicles.

According to Edmunds.com, large trucks have especially large blind spots that occur on all sides of the vehicle. If you are driving next to a tractor trailer, you may want to pass the truck quickly and on the left-hand side of the vehicle. This will ensure that the truck driver can see you. One rule to remember is that if you cannot see the truck driver’s side-view mirror, he or she cannot see you.

Avoid pulling out in front of a large truck and hitting the brakes. Due to the large size and weight of tractor trailers, these vehicles require a longer distance to stop. When cars pull out in front of a truck, especially in heavy traffic situations, it may not be able to stop in time and could end up rear-ending your car.

When pulling up beside a truck that is making a right-hand turn, always give the big rig plenty of room. Big rigs may need to swing wide when turning and could hit your car if you pull up too close.

This should be taken as educational information and not as legal advice.

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