Front no-go zone Cutting in front of a truck can be a fatal mistake. At 80km/h it takes the length of about a rugby field for a truck to come to a complete stop.
- Allow at least one car length for every 16km/h you are travelling before merging in front of a truck
- When passing a truck, never cut in front of it and then slow down
Wide turns Trucks make wider turns than cars. So be aware that a truck may need to swing either to the left or right to avoid sidewalks, signs and utility poles. Drivers who stay aware and give trucks room will be safe.
- Give trucks plenty of room to turn safely
Side no-go zone Trucks have extremely large blind spots on both sides. Even with large side-view mirrors, truck drivers can’t see everything around them. Driving in these areas can be dangerous.
- Stay out of a truck’s blind spot.
- If you have to pass, give yourself plenty of space and extra time.
- Avoid driving alongside a truck for long periods of time.