Sharing the Road Safely With Trucks
- Don't "hang out" on either side of trucks or buses.
Such large vehicles have large blind spots on both sides. If you can't see the driver's face in his side-view mirror, he can't see you.
- Don't tailgate.
Unlike cars, trucks and buses have huge NO-ZONES directly behind them. The truck or bus driver can't see your car back there, and you can't see what's going on ahead of you. If the truck or bus driver brakes suddenly, you have no place to go.
- Pass Safely.
Don't cut in too soon after passing. Truck and bus drivers need twice the time and space to stop as smaller passenger vehicles. Look for the whole front of the truck or bus in your rear-view mirror before pulling in front and don't slow down!
- Pay Closer Attention.
Never cross behind a truck that is backing up. Truck drivers do not have a rear-view mirror and may not see you cutting in behind them.
- Avoid the "Squeeze Play".
Truck and bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left to safely make a right turn. They can't see cars squeezing in between them and the curb. Watch for their turn signals and give them room to turn.
What is the NO-ZONE?
NO-ZONES are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. Some of those No-Zones are actual blind spots where your car "disappears" from the view of the truck or bus driver.
Read a No-Zone testimonial.
Avoid the No-Zones! To learn more about this, visit the No-Zone website.
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Safety Council