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There’s nothing fun about sharing the road with large trucks, but it’s something you’ll do almost every time you get behind the wheel. This is particularly true if you find yourself on an interstate.

You can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to sharing the road with large trucks, but there are some basic safety steps you can follow at all times. Here’s what you should do:

  • Keep your distance: It’s not always possible to do, but you should strive to maintain as much space between your vehicle and large trucks as possible. By doing so, you give yourself more time to react in the event of an emergency, such as a truck that makes a sudden lane change.
  • Avoid blind spots: Commercial trucks are large, and for that reason they have many blind spots. The more time you spend in these blind spots, the greater chance there is of an accident. You never want a trucker to lose track of where you are. So, if you have to drive in a trucker’s blind spot, don’t do so for a long period of time.
  • Watch for warning signs: While most truckers drive as safely as possible, not all of them take this approach. Furthermore, anyone can make a mistake while they’re behind the wheel. There are many warning signs that a trucker isn’t paying attention to the road and/or in condition to drive. For example, if you see a truck swerving all over the place, it could be a sign that the driver is texting, drowsy or under the influence or drugs or alcohol. This is reason enough to leave more space between your vehicles. Depending on the circumstances, you may even want to call 911 to tell them what you’re seeing.

No matter how hard you try, you could still find yourself in a compromising position when driving in close proximity to large trucks. Should this result in an accident, call 911 to request help and focus your immediate attention on your health. You can then turn your attention to your legal rights and how to hold the negligent party responsible.