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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.
This distance should give you a clear view of the road ahead and allow you to brake or maneuver safely if needed.
The recommended following distance is generally 3-4 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you, which gives you enough time to react to any unexpected events on the road.
However, if you are driving behind a large truck or commercial vehicle, you may need to increase your following distance to allow for the increased stopping distance and potential blind spots of the truck.
It is also essential to avoid driving too close to a truck, especially in the area directly behind it, known as the “no zone” or “blind spot.” This is the area where the truck driver may have limited visibility and be unable to see your vehicle.
To avoid the no zone, it is recommended to stay to the side of the truck or pass the truck quickly and safely, if necessary.
In summary, while it is vital to maintain a safe following distance when driving behind a truck, it is not necessary or recommended to drive far enough behind the truck to see the driver in the truck’s rear-vision mirror. Instead, focus on maintaining a safe distance and avoiding the truck’s blind spots.