There’s no secret that the roads of Pennsylvania can be quite dangerous. With so many congested highways running through the Lehigh Valley area, accidents are commonplace. The area is a high-traffic zone for large trucks, also known as tractor-trailers. Here are some tips for protecting yourself on the road around large trucks.
Make it a point to stay out of the truck’s no zones. These are also referred to as blind spots and they are very dangerous. You don’t want to drive in these zones for extended periods because it can lead to very tragic accidents. The two biggest no zones are on the right and left sides of the truck. If you find yourself in these zones and cannot see the driver of the truck in the truck’s mirror, then it’s likely the truck driver cannot see you.
Passing a truck is tricky, even for the most seasoned of drivers. You don’t want to cut it too close, leaving little wiggle room for your vehicle or for the truck. Make sure you pass the truck safely so that there is plenty of room left in between your car and the truck so it does not clip the rear of your car.
Tailgating is something you should never do on the roads of Pennsylvania. This is especially important when driving near large trucks. Leave yourself plenty of room behind the truck in the event you need to stop suddenly.
Large trucks require a wide turning radius. Make sure you remember this when sitting at an intersection. Don’t sit on the white line or past it as a truck might not be able to safely make a turn towards you.
Have you been involved in an accident involving a truck in the Lehigh Valley? Check our website for more information about truck accidents and how you can protect your rights if you’ve suffered an injury or lost a loved one.