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Is There a ‘Right Way’ to Pass a Truck?

small car driving past a large truck

Driving near large trucks can be intimidating, and it's a common source of anxiety for many drivers. In some cases, much of this apprehension stems from not knowing the proper "etiquette" of passing one of these vehicles.

Due to their size and weight, it can be more difficult for large truck drivers to manage being cut off or having other vehicles veer into their lane. This can make the roadway dangerous for all motorists. This blog will provide a general overview of what motorists should do when passing a large truck in order to effectively reduce the significant risks associated.

Give Space

It's important to never get too close to a large truck. When passing one on the highway, give yourself some space by staying at least three car lengths ahead of it and signaling your intention to pass. This will alert the driver of your intentions and give them time to adjust their speed accordingly.

Pass on the Left

Many motorists are unaware that large trucks have the biggest blind spot on the right side. In most cases, a driver may not even see a smaller car wanting to pass them until they are already merging into the lane. Because of this, motorists should always be conscious of only passing on the left side of a large truck.

Avoid Cutting Off

When passing a large truck, it's important to avoid cutting them off. This can cause the truck driver to have difficulty controlling the vehicle and potentially lead to a serious accident. To avoid this, refrain from sudden braking or changing lanes in front of them until you are absolutely certain they've seen you.

However, it's also important to remember to avoid lingering in areas that may be considered part of the "no zone." Doing so can put you in harm's way if an unexpected hazard causes the truck to swerve or stop suddenly.

Learn More: How Big is a Truck’s Blind Spot?

Truck Accident? Call (530) 413-0245

Ultimately, the best way to avoid accidents while passing a large truck is to practice patience and drive defensively. However, if you are in an unfortunate situation where a large truck has caused an accident, it's important to know what steps to take next. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can help protect your rights and provide guidance on pursuing compensation for your damages.

For more information on how our Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley team can help your case, call (530) 413-0245 today. Our team is available 24/7 and ready to assist you.