Safe driving around semi trucks: Our top five tips

March 30th, 2022 by

When you’re out on the highway, you’ve got a lot on your plate when it comes to safe driving. You’re moving at higher speeds (which can make it harder to control your car and react quickly to other vehicles) and so are the cars around you. Bad weather, fatigued drivers, and traffic complicate things even further, but one of the most common scary situations is driving around semi-trucks. Check out these tips for safe driving around semis from the experts at Toyota of Orlando.

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Five safe driving tips for when you’re around semi-trucks

Tip #1: Stay out of their blind spots. Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks have much larger blind spots than your typical passenger car. Be sure to stay out of them. A good way to tell if you’re in one is this quick test: If you can’t see the driver’s side mirrors, then they can’t see you. Try not to linger in blind spots so you can better avoid an accident.

Tip #2: Pass on the left. Another safe driving tip for driving around semi-trucks is to always pass on the left – as that’s the typical lane you would use to pass – and never pass on a double yellow line. Be sure to pass the truck quickly but safely, sticking to the speed limit, and use your blinkers to indicate your movements to other cars. Additionally, be sure to give the semi-truck plenty of space when you’re moving over to get in front of it. (Don’t cut them off.)

Tip #3: Don’t drive next to them for longer than you have to. This safe driving tip comes straight from a truck driver – don’t drive next to a tractor-trailer truck any longer than you have to. If a tire blows out, they could easily lose control and swerve into you, doing some major, even fatal, damage. Try not to coast alongside them when you’re out on the highway in your Orlando Toyota.

Tip #4: Avoid them in high winds. In the same vein, you should avoid driving next to these trucks when it’s particularly windy out. Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers have more surface area, so the wind affects them more and can push them into your lane.

Tip #5: Give them plenty of space. Semi-trucks have a lot more weight than your Orlando Toyota and as such, need lots of space to come to a full stop, to make turns, and to pass. Be sure to give them that necessary space; never tailgate or follow too closely. If you were to rear-end a semi-truck, your bumper wouldn’t help in the collision – it’s more than likely that your windshield would hit the truck instead, putting you in extreme danger.

Remember, a tractor-trailer or semi-truck can weigh 16 times more than your car – you would definitely be in the losing spot if you got into a collision with one. Always pay close attention when behind the wheel, especially on the highway, and put your best defensive driving techniques into play.

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