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Three Mistakes to Avoid When Driving Next to Big Trucks

With over 100 years of combined senior management experience, Tri-National, Inc. provides logistics solutions to companies in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Recognizing that safety is the most important aspect of its operating culture, Tri-National, Inc. encourages safe driving practices.

Safe driving should be a priority for all drivers at all times, especially when driving next to trucks. Here are three mistakes to avoid when sharing the road with a big rig.
1. Driving in a truck’s blind spot
Big trucks have large blind spots at the front, back, and sides. If you’re driving in a blind spot, the truck driver cannot see you and could possibly turn into your car. The general rule is if you can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, the driver can’t see you. Either pull ahead or slow down.
2. Cutting off a truck
Trucks take longer to stop. Trucks that are fully loaded or driving at a high speed will take even longer. An 80,000-pound truck moving at 65 mph can take up to 300 feet to stop. If you cut too close to a truck, you’ll either be in a blind spot where the truck driver can’t see you or you’ll get rolled over since the truck can’t break fast enough.
3. Squeezing ahead of a truck in turns
Trucks swing wide when turning. Cutting directly beside a truck that’s turning will put you in a blind spot with little wiggle room, increasing the possibility of a collision.

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