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How to safely pass tractor-trailers on the interstate

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2023 | Truck Accidents

Anyone who has driven on an interstate highway amid bustling traffic knows how stressful it can be. Not only are vehicles traveling at higher speeds, but bad weather, distracted drivers and road construction are commonplace and only add to the risks. One of the most stressful situations is driving around tractor-trailers. Knowing how to safely pass a tractor-trailer can help Colorado drivers avoid truck accidents and arrive safely to their destinations.

Pass on the left

Always pass tractor-trailers on the left. The left lane is usually considered the passing lane for vehicles that are going faster. If a tractor-trailer is in the left lane, give the truck driver time to move over and never impatiently speed pass the truck on the right.

Keep a safe speed and merge

When passing, do not rocket past the truck, but don’t linger in the driver’s blind spot, either. Pass on the left at a safe, consistent speed. After making the pass, check blind spots, signal and merge in the right lane. Many times, the truck driver will flash the truck’s headlights to signal that it is safe to merge in front of them. Never merge directly in front of the truck.

Drive defensively and give them space

When driving near tractor-trailers, the main thing to remember is to give them plenty of space and drive defensively. Since they are so big, tractor-trailers need more room to maneuver or stop. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when truck accidents will happen. Those in Colorado who suffer injuries or loss in truck accidents caused by negligence can get help by speaking with an experienced attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief.


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