Tractor-trailers are a common sight on roadways across the state of Colorado. These big rigs are a necessity since they ship and transport consumer goods that are needed every day. However, sharing the road with massive tractor-trailers is not the same as driving alongside passenger vehicles. Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving alongside or near tractor-trailers.
Know the blind spots and avoid them
Drivers should be aware of the blind spots on tractor-trailers, which exist on all four sides of the vehicle. A tractor-trailer’s blind spots are also much larger than blind spots on other vehicles. Spend as little time as possible in these blind spots. It can be helpful for motorists to remember that if they can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see them.
Pass quickly, yet cautiously
Tractor-trailers usually travel at much slower speeds since they are so big. The need to make a pass often arises. When passing a big rig, always do so on the left. Also, after making the pass, do not immediately cut back in front of the truck. Never attempt to pass on a double yellow line.
Just use common sense
Although driving near big rigs can feel intimidating, just remember to use common sense. Stay alert and avoid cell phones or other types of distractions behind the wheel. Whether a person is driving a sedan, an SUV or a tractor-trailer, the same rules of the road apply to everyone. Unfortunately, this does not mean every driver will adhere to these rules. Any person in Colorado who has suffered injuries or loss due to negligence in truck accidents can speak with a seasoned attorney and pursue rightful damages through a lawsuit.