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Some tips on how to share the road with trucks

Semi-trucks, delivery trucks, cement trucks and all manner of heavy-duty trucks are a mainstay on American highways. Unfortunately, these mainstays can also be very devastating. The American Trucking Associations put out some simple guidelines on safety tips to share the road. This article will briefly discuss these safety tips and how they may apply to you.

Trucks are very large, around 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, whereas sedans weigh an average of 3,000 pounds. A truck of that size needs much longer to stop or slow their velocity than a small car. This means that you should give trucks plenty of time to slow down, so don't quickly cut in front of a semi-truck. A good rule is if you can see their headlights in your rear view mirror then there is sufficient space for you to safely change lanes in front of a truck.

You should also give wide berth when following a semi-truck. Big rigs are large and often obscure obstacles or hazards that a truck can safely drive over but a car cannot. So a fallen ladder or bag of leaves of leaves on the highway is no serious issue for a truck but it could result in a serious accident for a passenger vehicle. The ATA recommends keeping between 20 and 25 car lengths distance behind semi-trucks to allow you sufficient time to respond to these hazards.

Finally a general tip for all drivers, trucks and passenger vehicles, is to keep your focus on the road. Modern technology has promulgated a vast array of devices designed to alert to us to hazards, navigate us and keep us connected to our friends, family and colleagues. These devices are great however don't let them distract you from your number one job of keeping your eyes on the road.

If you are involved in an accident with a big rig or truck then you may want to consult with a lawyer. Trucks, unlike passenger vehicles, involve many different parties from employers, dispatchers, insurance and drivers. Prosecuting these cases is usually more complicated than filing a claim with your insurer or the other driver's. Take these tips to heart and shared the road with truck drivers.

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