It’s no secret that driving presents many safety hazards. Unfortunately, you can’t control everything on the road and there are plenty of surprises you can’t anticipate. You can, however, learn how to be an alert driver who stays in tune to everything in your surroundings.
Tractor trailers are one of the biggest threats on the road if you don’t know how to correctly drive around them.
The legal team at Hinton and Powell hopes to educate the Atlanta community on safe driving practices to help you avoid a trip to our office. By keeping a few key things in mind, you no longer have to be nervous about trucks on the road.
Read below for tips on how to safely drive near tractor trailers in Atlanta, and if you need help with a truck accident case, contact Hinton and Powell today.
Being in the blind spot of a huge truck is definitely a safety hazard. If the driver of a tractor trailer can’t see you, there’s no way he or she can safely operate around you. Be sure to stay out of all four blind spots so drivers can maneuver accordingly. It’s simple to remember: if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you.
If you’re on a road or highway with plenty of space, keep your distance from a tractor trailer. It can take up to 40% longer for a big truck to come to a stop, so slamming on your brakes too closely in front of them could result in a disaster.
The same is true for following too closely; even on a crowded highway, do your best to give the truck in front of you plenty of room.
Sometimes passing a tractor-trailer on the road is necessary, but it can be tricky. After you ensure you’re not in a blind spot, put your turn signal on with enough time for the driver to take note. Never pass on the right, and never pass while you’re heading downhill, as the truck is accelerating. When you’ve passed, don’t linger. Move forward quickly so the truck has ample space.
On average, a tractor trailer has a turn radius of 55 feet. Be patient with a truck trying to turn and move out of the way if you can. Never try to pass a turning truck or try to squeeze by. The driver will be focused on turning and you may be in his or her blind spot. It’s better to lose a little time on the road than risk the danger of passing the truck.
Patience, focus and common courtesy are the most important things to remember when you’re on the road near tractor trailers. Truck drivers have destinations just like you do, so try to share the road accordingly.
If you’ve had an incident with a tractor trailer after following all necessary safety rules, we can help you at Hinton and Powell. Located conveniently in the Atlanta area, we invite you to set up your free consultation to learn more about our team and services. Simply fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 404-365-7077 to get started!