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When Driving Behind a Large Truck You Should Follow These Safety Tips
When driving behind a truck, it is important to maintain a safe following distance that allows you to react to any sudden movements or stops by the truck.
The Importance of Following Distance
When you’re behind a truck, it’s vital to keep a safe distance that enables you to respond promptly to any sudden moves or stops the truck might make. This distance should:
- Offer a clear view of the road ahead
- Allow for safe braking or manoeuvring
Recommended Following Distance
Under normal circumstances, it is advised to stay 3-4 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This gap provides sufficient time to react to unexpected events on the road. However, this distance might need to be increased if you’re driving behind a:
- Large truck
- Commercial vehicle
Understanding and Avoiding the “No Zone”
A significant hazard when following a truck is the “no zone” or “blind spot,” an area directly behind the truck where the driver may have limited visibility. To ensure your safety:
- Avoid lingering in the “no zone”
- Stay to the side of the truck or pass it quickly and safely when necessary
In summary, while it is essential to maintain a safe following distance when driving behind a truck, it is not recommended to stay so far back that you can see the driver in the truck’s rear-vision mirror. Instead:
- Focus on maintaining a safe distance
- Steer clear of the truck’s blind spots
By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure a safer driving experience.