The interstate highways that crisscross the state of Colorado are considered by many to be safer than other roadways since there are no intersections or necessary stops. However, this can give drivers a false sense of security. Traveling at high speeds in close proximity to other vehicles can be dangerous, especially when the other vehicles are large tractor-trailers. Here are some strategies to use when driving near these massive trucks.
Be cautious when passing
Tractor-trailers are usually traveling slower than most traffic. While this is a good thing, it may be necessary to pass them occasionally. When passing a tractor-trailer, always pass on the left. Never re-enter the lane in front of the truck too quickly and cut it off.
Give them room
When driving behind or in front of a tractor-trailer, always give them plenty of space. Since they are so big, tractor-trailers need more room to stop in the event of an emergency. Also, if a tractor-trailer is following too close, move to another lane.
Avoid blind spots
Tractor-trailers have large blind spots on all four sides of the vehicle. Avoid these blind spots if possible. Drivers of passenger vehicles should remember that if they can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see them.
Use common sense
The best piece of advice is to just use common sense when traveling near tractor-trailers. Stay alert at all times and never use cell phones behind the wheel. All drivers in Colorado have to adhere to the same rules. However, this does not mean that every driver actually will. Those in Colorado who have been injured or suffered the loss of dear loved ones in truck accidents caused by negligence have the right to contact a legal representative and pursue rightful damages through a lawsuit.