A semi truck’s blind spots are much bigger than yours
We don’t need to tell you that semi-trucks are big. But some people forget or fail to notice how a truck’s size affects the sightlines of its driver. The effect is more dramatic than you might think.
On the right side, a car will start to disappear from a trucker’s line of vision as soon as it reaches the trailer’s back tires.
A truck’s weight slows its response time
This is especially true for any truck hauling a liquid. Any abrupt movements will slosh the truck’s center of gravity around, something any tanker truck driver wants to avoid.
How to apply semi-truck weight and size to your driving
The best thing you can do to keep truckers happy and make the road around them safer is to give semi-trucks a lot of extra space. Avoid driving next to them as much as possible and don’t pull in front of them too closely, either.
When you do need to pass a semi-truck, always do so on the truck’s left side. It can be tempting to pull past on the right if the truck is in the passing lane, but with visibility so low for the truck driver on that side, you’re risking getting killed for a few minutes of clear road. Not worth it.