NTB appreciates our truck drivers and you should too. We know how important the transportation industry is to our economy and truck drivers play an enormous part in it. Check out our blog about “What Would Happen if Trucks Stopped?.” Aside from appreciating a truck driver’s job, it is also important to respect the men and women on the road.
Truck drivers are responsible for transporting extremely large loads across thousands of miles - to do so safely is no easy task. However, drivers can follow these three tips to show respect for trucks on the road.
Avoid Driving in Truck Drivers’ Blind Spots
Trucks are among the largest vehicles on the road, which means they have a harder time seeing all areas around their truck. In fact, trucks have no-zones which are large blind spots that occur on all sides of the trucks. If you can’t see the truck driver in their mirror, they likely can’t see you. Be courteous and try to stay where drivers can see you when possible.
Be Cautious of a Truck’s Turn Signals
Trucks need room to turn, so it is important for other drivers on the road to take note when truck drivers have their turn signal on. Leave room between you and the truck so if they need to make a wide turn, they can complete the entirety of the turn safely.
Give Trucks Room to Brake
Trucks also need time to stop. When you are passing a truck, try not to squeeze between them and the car in front of them. Avoid disaster by indicating you are going to change lanes and waiting until there is enough room to move over.
The next time you see a truck on the road, you’ll understand how important their job is and can show respect by being conscious of their needs.
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