Remember being a little kid and trying to get big rigs to honk their horns at you as you drove past? That was fun! But as an adult, you probably know that these drivers need to be paying attention to the road instead.
Because truck drivers can be hampered by blind spots, it’s critical that you take the following steps to help prevent a New Haven truck accident:
- Leave space. Don’t follow too closely behind a truck because trucks can be slower to stop in an emergency. Similarly, don’t zip in front of one too closely because a truck’s brakes won’t halt the vehicle as quickly as auto brakes can.
- Signal. Your blinkers are your way of communicating with other drivers. Always let truck drivers know when you plan to switch lanes.
- Avoid the truck driver’s blind spots. It’s best to pass trucks on the driver’s side so that they can see you coming. Also, if you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, remember that they can’t see you either. Move quickly out of their blind spots.
- Make them aware of your presence. Don’t be afraid to let the truck driver know that you are nearby if it seems like they are moving towards your vehicle. Use your horn firmly and swiftly if necessary.
- Be a safe driver too. Truck drivers are doing their best to stay safe on the roadways, so make sure that you are too. Don’t let yourself get distracted by phone calls, text, companions or food. Make sure you stay fully aware of what’s happening on the road around you to help avoid any accidents.
New Haven auto accidents can only be avoided if all drivers work together to communicate with one another and to stay safe on the road. By using these simple tips, you too can safely share the road with trucks and vehicles of all sizes.