Getting a Handle On How to Safely
Share the Road With Trucks
A Crash Course in Driving Around Trucks
There's good news and bad news about highway safety concerning cars/motorcycles and big trucks.
|First the bad news:|
|More than 200,000 crashes involving at least one passenger car or motorcycle and one large truck happen each year.|
|In more than 60% of all fatal crashes involving big trucks, police report that the small vehicle driver rather than the truck driver contributed to the cause of the crash.|
|Most crashes involving automobiles and trucks occur in daylight on straight and dry pavement under good weather conditions.|
|Because trucks are so much bigger and heavier than cars/motorcycles, the driver of the smaller vehicle (that's you and me) not the truck (that's the big guys that bend in the middle and go shshshshsh), is killed in a fatal car/motorcycle vs truck crashes.|
|Now, the good news:|
|Many of these crashes could be avoided if motorists knew about truck limitations and how to steer clear of unsafe situations involving trucks.|
|That's exactly what this web page is designed to do -- help you understand the differences between cars/motorcycles and trucks so you can improve your road sharing skills and help reduce car/motorcycle vs truck crashes.|
Remember, Trucks Don't Drive Like Cars or Motorcycles
Seems obvious, doesn't it? But the fact is that while most people realize that it's more difficult to drive a truck than a car or motorcycle, many don't know exactly what a truck's limitations are in terms of maneuverability, stopping distances, and blindspots. So here's a handy rule of thumb.....
|Generally speaking, the bigger the truck is:|
|The bigger their blindspots|
|The more room they need to maneuver.|
|The longer it takes them to stop.|
|The longer it takes to pass them.|
|The more likely you're going to be the loser in a collision.|
Okay, now that we've covered some of the basics it's time to get down to some specific situations that come up when you're sharing the road with trucks. So read on and prepare to enter a new dimension in highway safety as we introduce you to.......... the No-Zone.
Help Promote WRECKLess Driving
|The Key to Safer Highways:
Know the No-Zone
The No-Zone represents danger areas around trunks where crashes are more likely to occur.
Unlike cars, trucks have deep blindspots directly behind them. Avoid tailgating in this No-Zone. the truck driver can't see your motorcycle in this position and your own view of traffic flow is severely reduced. Following too closely greatly increases your chance of a rear-end collision with a truck.