Depending on where you drive, the chances are pretty good that at some point you share the road with large trucks. Trucks are very important to the economy as they haul goods and products across the country to retail locations and businesses. Because of demand, there are a lot of trucks on the roads these days. This means there is an increased chance that you may end up in an accident with one. The best way to avoid that is to learn how to drive safely around large trucks.

Safer America explains that being safe around large trucks requires different skills and actions than you use when driving around passenger vehicles due to the large size of the trucks. Trucks sit much higher than your vehicle, which makes it difficult for the truck driver to see you as you pass or drive near it. You should always avoid passing a truck on the right side. There is a huge blind spot for the driver on this side. Also, trucks may swing to the left a little when making difficult right-hand turns, if you come along the side of the truck, you could get hit.

Never assume a truck driver can see you or knows your vehicle is nearby. You need to be a defensive driver and watch out for yourself when driving around these trucks. The blind spots are very large, not just on the right side, but on all sides of the vehicle. The driver may not be able to see you even if you think he or she should be able to.

Finally, keep in mind that a truck is very heavy and cannot stop quickly. You should never slam on your brakes when in front of a truck. Allow plenty of room behind you when in front of a truck and never cut one off in traffic.