Large semis are an essential part of the American economy. They help us get goods from one side of the country to the other quickly and efficiently.
However, sharing the road with such large vehicles can be challenging. Semi drivers have large blind spots, and the trucks have a longer stopping distance.
Here’s what you should know about staying safe while sharing the road with semis.
A recent accident
Earlier this year, an accident less than an hour away from Elizabethtown sent two people to the hospital. While one driver could be transported in an ambulance, the other had to be airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.
The collision happened when two semis side-swiped each other, wrecking both trucks and taking down a power line.
Avoiding a collision
A collision is not always avoidable, but when you practice safe driving around semis, you can make it less likely there will be a crash.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you can practice safe driving near semis to avoid an accident. Congested highways can be especially troublesome for giving semi-drivers the space they need to maneuver and respond to changes in traffic.
As you drive near large trucks and trailers, you should make sure you give the motorists around you plenty of room to stop and respond to emergencies on the road. You should also avoid being in a semi-driver’s blind spot.
Taking extra care around semis can make it easier to avoid a costly accident and devastating injuries.