Nothing can be more heart-wrenching to see an accident between a tractor-trailer and a car on the highway. You feel for the family of the people involved.  You may also what to know what you can do to avoid being involved in such an accident.

There are steps you can take to avoid being one of the vicitms. Many common sense precautions can help keep you safe when sharing the road with large trucks.

In particular, motorists must take care when passing big trucks, which pose a great risk. For example, you should avoid:

  • Speeding up when a truck tries to pass you
  • Driving alongside trucks instead of passing
  • Allowing too little time and distance when passing
  • Trying to pass on the right of a truck making a right turn
  • Failing to speed up when pulling into traffic in front of a truck

You also take chances by following too close behind trucks and driving in their blind spots. Remember, too, to keep both hands on the wheel because of wind gusts kicked up by tractor-trailers.

The good habits of truckers

The men and women behind the wheels of big rigs are among the safest drivers on the road. Most practice safe driving by always:

  • Double-checking mirrors before making any maneuver
  • Signaling early to give motorists plenty of notice
  • Leaving extra room when driving around smaller vehicles
  • Staying alert by obeying mandatory rest periods

Truckers receive undue attention, however, because their large vehicles can cause great damage, injury and death. Knowing how to share the road with them can make a difference between a safe drive and a life-changing accident.

Make protecting yourself a habit

Everyone knows that driving in truck-heavy traffic is different than driving among cars. The problem is, too few people drive like it.

Practice safe driving habits, and keep an eye on the traffic around you. Yes, accidents happen. With a little common sense, you can prevent many of them.