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Protecting yourself around larger vehicles

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2023 | Auto/Truck Accidents

While driving is an efficient way to get around, it is also potentially dangerous. This is especially the case when you’re operating in a space with larger vehicles.

Trucks, buses and commercial vehicles are all much larger and heavier than the average car. What can you do to protect yourself around larger vehicles?

Remember about blind spots

All vehicles have blind spots, but these are accentuated in larger vehicles. It can be difficult for drivers to see directly in front of them, directly to the rear and anything that is on the passengers side.

This is something that’s worth keeping in mind. Try to keep out of these spots for extended periods.

Safe following distances

Generally, there should be at least a three second gap between all vehicles. For larger vehicles, it is worth extending this if possible. A larger vehicle cannot slow down quickly, which means that you do not want it directly behind you.

You also don’t want to follow a larger vehicle too closely. They are usually higher up, which means there’s a risk of a slide under accident, which is one of the most devastating types of collision there is.

Anticipate wider turns

A larger vehicle cannot turn as sharply as others. This means that you need to anticipate them taking wide turns. It’s not uncommon for trucks to take up two lanes while performing a maneuver, and you always need to be ready for this.

Hopefully, the measures discussed will help protect you. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, be sure to look into your legal options.