Did you know that big rigs are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents? It’s possible to avoid these accidents by learning how to stay safe around these massive vehicles.
Be aware of blind spots
All vehicles have blind spots, but big rigs have much larger ones. Usually, if you can’t see the driver in the mirror, he or she can’t see you. Additionally, big rigs often have large trailers that block even more of the driver’s view. Motor vehicle accidents involving big rigs and smaller vehicles often happen when the driver of the smaller vehicle tries to pass the big rig and is in its blind spot.
Don’t cut off a big rig
Big rigs need a lot more room to stop than smaller vehicles, due to their size and weight. If you cut off a big rig, the driver may not be able to stop in time and could rear-end you. Sometimes, even if the driver does stop in time, the sudden stop could cause the big rig to jackknife. This is when the trailer swings out to the side, often hitting other vehicles nearby.
Don’t tailgate a big rig
It’s never a good idea to tailgate any vehicle, but it’s especially dangerous to tailgate a big rig. If the driver has to stop suddenly, you could rear-end the big rig and cause a serious accident. You may also startle the driver, which could make him or her lose control of the vehicle.
Be cautious in adverse weather conditions
Big rigs are more difficult to control in adverse weather conditions, such as high winds, rain and snow. For instance, strong winds can cause a big rig to tip over. If you must drive in adverse weather conditions, be extra cautious around these vehicles.
Use your signals
It’s important to use your turn signals when driving around big rigs, so the driver knows your intentions. Big rigs often have difficulty changing lanes, so it’s important to give the driver plenty of notice.
Clearly, it’s important to be aware of the dangers posed by big rigs on the road not only to protect yourself, but also to protect other motorists. By following these simple safety tips, you can help to make the roads a safer place for everyone.