Though many assume truck drivers have a better view of the road because they are higher off the ground and have larger mirrors, trucks actually have bigger blind spots. Staying in a truck’s blind spot means that the truck driver cannot see you or your car, posing a huge safety risk and potentially leading to a serious accident. Learn where the blind spots are, give trucks plenty of space, and pass promptly to keep you and the drivers around you safe.
- If you must drive through these areas to pass a truck, use caution and pass as quickly as safety allows. Signal early and let the driver see you before you pass.
- Avoid honking (unless in an emergency situation), aggressive driving, and weaving through traffic, as these cause distraction and could ultimately result in a crash.
Driving in Front of and Behind a Truck
- You should leave about 20-25 car lengths, or a four-second distance, between you and the truck in front of you.
- As often as possible, try to keep both of the truck’s side mirrors visible in front of you. This allows the truck driver to see you and be aware of you as well.
- In poor weather conditions, leave even more space between you and the truck.
- Give the truck plenty of space.
- Don’t cut between the truck and the curb, and be aware that trucks cannot slow down as quickly as smaller vehicles.
Passing a Truck
- Avoid passing on a truck’s right side. This is a truck’s worst blind spot because it extends further back and makes it even more difficult for a truck driver to see you coming up beside them.