Top 5 Ways to Be a Defensive Driver Against Tractor-Trailers on the Road

Tractor-trailers are huge, and most passenger cars and trucks are no match for the significant size and weight of a semi-truck. The substantial size difference means that truck accidents are far more likely to injure passenger vehicles than the truck drivers. As a result, it is especially important for drivers to be cautious around semi-trucks. You should use the following techniques to stay safe around tractor-trailers.

1. Give Trucks Plenty of Space

Because of their large size and weight, tractor-trailers take a lot more effort to get stopped and started. Slowing down suddenly is much easier for a passenger vehicle than a large truck.

You should never pull out in front of a truck, switch lanes quickly directly ahead of a tractor-trailer, or stop suddenly while in front of a semi. Even if the truck driver reacts immediately, he or she may not be able to stop the vehicle in time to avoid an accident.

2. Be Respectful of the “No-Zones”

Tractor-trailers have huge blind spots on either side, directly behind, and directly in front of them. It is a good idea to avoid these areas. Otherwise, a driver may merge in front of you or may even hit the back end of your vehicle.

Keep in mind that if you cannot see the truck driver’s mirrors, then the driver likely cannot see your car.

3. Watch for Impaired Behaviors

Tractor-trailer drivers are just as susceptible to common driving mistakes as any other driver on the road. However, because truck drivers end up driving thousands of miles and for many hours at a time, they are often more vulnerable to drowsy driving.

You should avoid trucks that exhibit signs of drowsy driving, such as those that seem to drift in and out of their lane or speed up and slow down frequently.

4. Avoid Driving Next to a Tractor-Trailer

One of the easiest ways to decrease your chances of being involved in an accident with a large truck is simply to avoid them. As a rule, you should not drive beside a tractor-trailer any longer than it takes you to pass it. Of course, you may not always be able to follow this straightforward rule. Nonetheless, driving alongside a semi should be avoided if possible. This will significantly cut down on the possibility of a driver merging into your lane.

5. Be Extra Cautious Around Turning Tractor-Trailers

Semi trucks have a large turn radius, particularly when they are making a right turn. Trucks may need to take up two lanes to make a right turn. It is important to give the truck plenty of space to make its turn.

Watch for turning signals as you approach an intersection next to a truck. Some truckers will deliberately take up part of two lanes to indicate that they are going to make a right-hand turn as well. Staying out of their way will help prevent “right turn squeeze” damages.

Getting Legal Help After a Tractor-Trailer Accident

If you have been involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to deal with these unique cases. GA Injury Advocates is your go-to auto and tractor-trailer lawyer in Georgia. Call us at 770.528.0811 today for a free consultation.

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