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Tips for sharing Kentucky roads with tractor trailers

Do you need a refresher on how to drive safely when big trucks are on the road? Gain insight and remain safe with a few useful reminders and tips.

No matter how long you have been a licensed Kentucky motorist, it never hurts to go over the basics of driving, especially as they apply to tractor trailers. Tractor-trailer wrecks are among the most serious of accidents, but there are steps you can take to prevent them. Here are some tips/reminders on how to remain safe when large trucks are on the road.

Know how to pass a large truck the right way

Whenever you pass a large truck, it is vital that you do so correctly. Specifically, you want to pass on the left side of the truck so the driver can clearly and easily see you, maintaining a steady speed and keeping the truck in your rearview mirror all the while. Flipping the scenario, if a truck attempts to pass you, slow down a bit to make it easier for the truck driver to do so.

Drive for truck drivers

You may have learned that you have to drive for other motorists, taking extra measures to pick up any slack left by poor drivers. That goes double for truck drivers who have to endure conditions uncommon to regular motorists. This means you should never assume a truck driver sees you, which is why you should give tractor trailers a wide berth.

Remember how long it takes for a truck to come to a full stop

While you know you should not cut cars off, you may occasionally have to do so anyway. Cutting off a large truck can be especially hazardous because it takes them longer to come to a complete stop. You can trigger an accident not only between you and the truck you cut in front of, but potentially nearby vehicles as well. The last thing you want is to be found at fault in a massive accident involving a big truck and several other vehicles.

Think twice before driving in poor weather

If you live in a part of Kentucky frequented by big trucks, give careful consideration to being on the road during inclement weather. You have the option of putting off driving in heavy rain or fog, but truck drivers have a schedule to keep, which means they have to drive no matter what the weather is like. To better reduce your chances of being involved in an accident, avoid being on roads where tractor trailers are common during bad weather.

Even if you follow all the above tips, there are no guarantees. Be sure to speak with a Kentucky attorney if you are ever involved in an accident with a large truck.