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How do you safely share the road with trucks and buses?

A lot of drivers are nervous when they're on the road around large trucks and buses -- and rightly so! If a passenger vehicle gets into an accident with a large truck or bus, the potential consequences can be deadly for everyone involved.

There's no reason to be scared of a big rig or bus, however, as long as you keep certain safety tips in mind:

-- Give trucks and buses plenty of space. This is the most important rule to follow whether you are tying to pass one, follow one or are just sitting behind one in traffic. You need to always keep in mind that bigger vehicles simply need more space to slow down, more space to stop and more space to start up again. For example, if you're passing a bus in traffic because you don't want to sit behind it at every stop along the way, don't squeeze into the space in front of it when the space is barely big enough for your vehicle. If the bus or truck driver happens to be accelerating when you do that, he or she may not be able to slow down again in time to avoid hitting you.

-- Be aware of the truck or bus driver's blind spots. Try to be at least 20 feet ahead of the vehicle before you cut into the lane it's in, and assume you are in a blind spot unless you are more than 30 feet behind it. When passing on either side of a large truck or bus, it's safest to assume that you're in a blind spot unless you can see the driver in the vehicle's side mirrors.

-- Keep back if the truck or bus is turning. Neither can make sharp turns the way that passenger vehicles can. In particular, large vehicles have a hard time making a right-hand turn -- if you try to push forward into the right lane between the turning vehicle and the curb as the driver initially swings left to make the turn, you can end up in an accident when the driver swings right again.

Despite your precautions, accidents can still happen when the bus or truck driver isn't well-trained in traffic situations. Anyone injured by a bus or truck driver's poor driving skills could have a claim for compensation for his or her medical bills, lost wages and much more..

Source: www.fmcsa.dot.gov, "Tips for Driving Safely Around Large Trucks or Buses," accessed May 04, 2017

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