Sharing the road with tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles is a common occurrence on the interstates and smaller roads in West Virginia. While the same traffic rules apply to these large vehicles, there are some things to keep in mind to minimize the risk of a wreck:
- A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighs an average of 80,000 pounds. This means the vehicle cannot stop quickly. It can take a fully loaded truck up to 300 feet to fully stop. Never cut closely in front of a large vehicle. The driver may not be able to stop.
- Large vehicles have large blind spots in the front, back, and sides of the trucks. If you cannot see the vehicle’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
- Large tractor-trailers must take turns much wider than your smaller vehicle. Be sure to allow them the room to turn safely when possible.
- Never drive aggressively, especially when large vehicles are present. Aggressive driving causes unneeded tension and risks to all drivers.
- Pay special attention to tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. Being attentive to larger vehicles, as well as all traffic around you, allows you to react quickly and sometimes to avoid wrecks.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a tractor-trailer or other large vehicle, make sure your rights are protected.
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