Unless you stick to two lane scenic routes, the wide open roads often seem a little less open these days. The reason? Trucks. Truck drivers deliver things every day to locations for us to purchase. The coffee in your favorite chipped mug on your desk. The leftover pizza in your lunchbox. The gas in your car. The papers you are shuffling on your desk. All of those things came into your hands because a truck delivered them to a location for you to purchase.
These trucks and truck drivers are the backbone of commerce in America today. As such, we need to be sure we pay them a little respect. Just as you wouldn't appreciate someone coming into your office like a whirlwind, causing distractions and displacing things, the truck drivers certainly don’t appreciate people driving around them inconsiderately and recklessly.
Here are a few things we should all, as safe drivers and good citizens, keep in mind.
Trucks are big and heavy. They can’t stop on a dime or maneuver quickly. What does that mean to you? Don’t pull out in front of them. Don’t cut them off. And, don’t get in between two of them. Give them a little extra room.
Trucks have blind spots. Stay out of them! Don’t hang out directly behind a truck, on the left mid-section, or anywhere on the right side of the trailer. Trailers are so long that even the large truck mirrors can’t give a truck driver a comprehensive view of those spots.
Long trailers take a little extra room to maneuver, particularly around right hand turns. Don’t crowd them or creep up next to them as they are preparing to turn. And remember, there is a blind spot on the right side! You don’t want to be in the middle of it.
Tractor trailers take a lot of skill to drive even without us crazy cars zipping around them. If you’ve ever pulled a trailer with a pickup truck you have a little idea what they are facing, but tractor trailer rigs are often over 48’ long. Give those trucks a little extra room and a little extra time. Think about how important trucks and the goods they deliver are in your daily life. Maybe that will help you remember to cut them a little slack.