Driving around large trucks on the highway can be dangerous, but it's not just the truck driver's responsibility to be safe on the road. Here are a few guidelines a longtime truck driver recommends you follow.
Photo by Danny Canfield.
It's always important to pay attention to the road while you drive, but even more so when you have a massive semi-truck as a road buddy. In order to stay safe around these big rigs, longtime truck driver shared his best advice with Noah Davis at Popular Mechanics. Here's some of the big tips:
- Don't hang around the side: You may have seen stickers that say, "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you," but that's not always the case.
- Don't ever pass over multiple lanes: You shouldn't do this anyway, but it's even more dangerous when there's a truck you can't see around.
- Stay consistent with your speed: Trucks can't stop or pick up speed as fast as other cars. If your speed is fluctuating all over the place you're causing problems for the truck driver and the other people around them.
Remember, truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road, so they know what's safe around them and what isn't. If you want to read some more tips, check out the link below.
A Trucker Explains What You're Doing Wrong on the Highway [Popular Mechanics]