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How to Drive Safely Around Semi-Trucks

Semi-Truck Safety Driving Tips

Traffic is a pain to deal with. There will always be drivers going too slow, drivers going too fast, and drivers making bad decisions. Drivers forget to use their signals, drivers text while driving, and drivers do a whole host of other dangerous driving habits. Our point is, you can’t always count on other drivers to be safe. You have to actively be a safe driver to stay safe when out on the road.

One thing that can certainly put drivers on edge when driving on the highway is semi-trucks. Driving behind, near, or trying pass around semi-trucks can be a very uncomfortable chore due to their hulking, intimidating, large statures. Car accidents are bad, but an accident with a semi-truck could be catastrophic due to their size and power. Therefore, it’s important to stay safe when driving near semi-trucks. Luckily, we’ve made a handy guide to help. Here are semi-truck safety tips to drive safely around semi-trucks!

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Keep a Safe Distance

The most important rule for semi-trucks is to keep a safe distance. Unless it’s essential to pass them, then stay away as a safety precaution, especially when driving behind a semi-truck. However, while this safety tip is easy to follow, it’s important to understand why it’s necessary. 

This rule comes down to 2 reasons. 

  1. Semi-trucks take more time slow down and speed up. 
  2. Semi-trucks need more room to maneuver and turn. 

You can easily get involved in an accident with a semi-truck if you’re too close when a semi-truck driver needs to brake, change lanes, or turn. Make sure to give them space!

Blind Spots – Can They See You?

Blind spots are the parts of the road that you can’t see in your rearview and side mirrors. Many accidents occur when drivers do not check their blind spots and attempt to change lanes, crashing into another vehicle that was hiding in their blind spot. 

The larger a vehicle is, the bigger its blind spots are. That should tell you that semi-trucks have HUGE blind spots. That means, when driving next to a semi-truck, the semi-truck driver might not even know you’re there. 

When driving, a semi-truck driver has blind spots of 20 ft in front of it, 30 ft behind it, and large gaps to the left and right. The passenger side of the semi-truck will have more blind spots than the driver’s side. That means, if you need to pass a semi-truck, do so on its driver’s side. 

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Along with these helpful safety tips, just make sure to be patient and cautious when driving around semi-trucks. Driving a semi-truck can be a difficult job as it’s a very hard vehicle to control. You need to make sure that you’re driving safe if you want to be safe near a semi-truck. Help make the road a safer place! 

For more vehicle tips & tricks, visit our blog or contact us here at Silver Star Motors. Our dealership is located in Long Island City, New York within the borough of Queens.