Tips for Avoiding Car-Truck Accidents

  • Know that large trucks maneuver differently from cars and be extra-cautious as you approach.
  • One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars involve blind spots. If you can’t see a truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.
  • Do not pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. The rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels, so trucks must swing wide to the left to safely negotiate right turns.
  • Large vehicles require a much longer distance to stop than cars. Cutting in front of a truck or bus could result in a serious or fatal accident.
  • To properly pass a large truck or bus on the highway, accelerate slightly and maintain a consistent speed. Wait until you can see the entire cab in your rearview mirror before you signal and pull in.
  • If a truck appears to be starting a left turn, check which way the driver is signaling before passing on the right.
  • Give trucks at least four to six seconds of space in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
  • If you witness unsafe driving, report it to the authorities

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