How to share the road with commercial trucks and buses
Sharing the road can be a struggle between truckers, motorcyclists, and drivers alike. By following these tips, you'll both make roadways safer for everyone.
If you're driving behind a large commercial truck and can't see both of its side mirrors, you're following too close. If you can see the driver's face in the side mirrors, then he/she can see you.
If the commercial vehicle in front of you brakes suddenly, then you may not have enough time to brake. Always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Use your signal lights
Always signal your intention to turn or change lanes early as trucks require more stopping distance. Avoid sudden moves.
Passing a large commercial vehicle requires more time and space than passing a car or other passenger vehicles. On a two-way road, signal your intention to pass, and-once the way is clear, don't hesitate. It's safe to move back into the right-hand lane when you can see the entire truck in your rearview mirror. To help with visibility on rainy days, set your windshield wipers to the highest speed before passing.
Leave room at lights
Given the size of commercial vehicles, sometimes they have to use part of two lanes to make their turn or make wider turns. When a truck indicates its intent to turn at an intersection, cooperate by staying behind the vehicle and letting it finish the turn.
Stay out of the "No-Zones"
There are blind spots along both sides of the commercial truck that are not covered by the rearview mirrors, including the space immediately in front of and behind the truck, and the right front of the cab. These blind spots are also much larger than the ones of a passenger vehicle.
Reminder: the larger the commercial vehicle, the...
- Bigger their blind spots
- More room they need to manoeuvre
- Longer it takes them to stop
- Longer it takes to pass them
- More likely you will be seriously injured or killed in the event of a collision