How often after a crash do people question, "If only they'd used their turn signal, or if only they'd worn their safety belt?" "If only" doesn't save lives - driving smart does.
Crashes involving tractor trailers don't happen very often, but when they do, the disproportionate size of a truck versus a car means those crashes can often involve serious injuries or worse. There's no room for taking chances around big trucks - they require big room. "We don't want you to take any chances when it comes to safely moving around big trucks," said Bill Whitfield, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Please pay attention."
There were 120 people killed and 3,732 injured in Missouri traffic crashes involving a CMV in 2015. Here are some safety tips to help keep everyone safe when sharing the road with large commercial vehicles:
- Don't cut off large trucks or buses when passing. Make sure you can see the top of the truck or bus in your rearview mirror before moving back into your original lane.
- Stay out of the "No Zone." Big trucks have large blind spots on either side and up to 200 feet behind a vehicle. Pass only on the left side.
- Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion around trucks. Can you see the truck's side mirrors? If not, the driver cannot see you.