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March 08, 2012

Tips for Driving Next to Semi Trucks

Have you ever noticed those fun stickers on semi trucks? One thing I always look out for when driving past a semi truck is for those stickers with quotes on them. I don't know where the drivers get them from but what I know is that there must be a bunch of humorous truck drivers around. Any time you are looking for a semi truck for sale, make sure you ask them where you can get one.

I have seen some stickers that say:

a. "To be a man is not a day job"
b. "No food for lazy man"
c. "I don't trust my friends, even you" .etc. 

I think I've been more comfortable driving around semi trucks because of this humor.  Some people are skeptical and nervous when driving next to semi trucks but the  fact is while there are some not too good truck drivers out there, the vast majority of truckers are doing the best they can. At times these commercial truck drivers drive very carefully on the high-way but most small car drivers do not know how to drive next to them.

Here Are some Tips for Driving Next to Commercial Trucks

* Be alert as you approach a large truck.  Remember, trucks behave differently from cars.

* Do not pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Trucks must swing wide to the left to negotiate right turns safely, as the rear wheels follows a shorter path than the front wheels.

*Avoid blind spots around trucks. If you can't see a trucks side mirrors, the truck's driver can't see you.

*Do not cut in front of any large vehicle, including a truck or a bus. Since they require much more distance to stop in comparison to cars, forcing a large vehicle to stop quickly can result in a fatal accident.

*Do not drive beside a big truck for a long period of time. It can be very dangerous. First off the wind turbulence is bad and can push you off the road or pull you into the truck if you are not watching. It can also be extremely dangerous if one of those tires does blow. I tell you , it won't be a nice sight to behold.

 * Always look ahead of you, not right in front of your bumpers as many people do. Learn how to judge distance and speed to keep the free ways moving.

* Drive responsibly by not texting or  talking on the cell phone while driving. Try to eliminate all distractive habits and do not drive aggressively with road rage. If a trucker is driving aggressively, slow down and let him pass.

* Call authorities if you see unsafe driving

Remember, driving cautiously and patiently while working to avoid an accident is the best way to keep you and your family safe.

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