Commercial vehicles operate differently from regular passenger vehicles. Due to the size of commercial vehicles like trucks and buses, they require much more time to be able to stop. While seeing lots of trucks and buses on America’s highways is the sign of a good economy, they can still be intimidating to drive around.
There are some special safety tips that you should keep in mind as a passenger vehicle driver sharing the road with these highway behemoths. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends that you be aware of the large blind spots that trucks and buses have and make sure to give then plenty of space.
What should I know about a commercial vehicle’s blind spots?
The main thing to keep in mind is that you should never pass a commercial vehicle on the right-hand side. This is because the blind-spot on this side of the vehicle takes up two lanes of traffic. It is very dangerous because trucks and buses in the left-hand Lane soften try to merge back into the right-hand Lanes quickly when traffic speeds up.
If you happen to be driving in this blind spot, the truck or bus may merge into you. This is extremely dangerous.
What should I know about space?
In addition to the blind spots on either side of a commercial vehicle, there are also blind spots in front and behind them. The blind spot in front of a commercial vehicle extends for roughly 20 feet. The blind spot behind extends for roughly 30 feet. Make sure to merge well outside of these boundaries if it is at all possible.