Some people may think that since trucks are larger, they have greater visibility of the road in front of them than cars.
However, the drivers actually have fewer ways to check blind spots and zones where they cannot see other vehicles on the road.
Stay aware of blind spots
According to FindLaw, these zones surround the truck on both sides, as well as the back and front. This limited visibility leads to many accidents since those in cars assume anyone in a truck can see them while driving directly next to them.
People operating trucks sit up higher in the vehicle than most other drivers, which makes visibility worse when it comes to checking cars down directly below them. It is nearly impossible to notice a smaller vehicle through the mirrors on either side of the truck.
Alert and signal
Turning sharply or changing lanes abruptly can confuse people operating trucks. Big rigs and 18-wheelers are much heavier vehicles and have a longer reaction time, which means they cannot stop as quickly as cars.
Make sure to signal early so that the driver knows your intentions. Speeding or attempting to tailgate a truck puts you in their blind spots directly behind or in front of the vehicle.
Only pass when safe
Some people in smaller vehicles may feel tempted to squeeze in between a truck and the curb when the truck is turning right, but that space is not safe.
Trucks often turn wide and do not see anyone approaching them from the back, which means you will get sideswiped. Allow the truck to use the extra space without attempting to speed around the vehicle.