Eighteen-wheelers have large blind spots. Many accidents occur as a result of standard-sized vehicles becoming caught in areas where the truck driver cannot see them. There are ways for both regular drivers and truck drivers to avoid these collisions.
As a driver, you need to give large trucks a wide breadth in case the truck operator cannot see you. The most important rule to remember is that you never want to be around a large truck very long. Pass trucks quickly and avoid tailgating these vehicles. As long as everyone remains cognizant of other vehicles on the road, fewer collisions will happen.
See the truck’s side mirrors
When you attempt to pass a truck, you should speed up to get ahead of it as quickly as possible. However, when you are beside the truck, you need to keep one eye toward the side mirror. If you can see the driver in the mirror, then the driver can see you, and you are safe. However, if you cannot see the driver, then it means you are in a blind spot. Speed up or slow down to get out of this zone.
Trucks should move more slowly than the rest of traffic. You may not be able to get over to the other lane fast enough if there are a lot of other cars on the road. Remain patient until it is safe to merge. Do not honk your horn, and avoid weaving in and out of traffic. This only increases the likelihood of an accident.
Give yourself room to merge in the front
As you pass an 18-wheeler, you do not want to merge into the truck’s lane too early. You should give yourself at least two car lengths ahead of the truck before you merge again. That way, the truck will not have to slow down and endanger other drivers.