Did you know…

  • American truck drivers drive an average of 200 billion miles combined. Thats enough for 1,000 roundtrip journeys to the sun.
  • 3/4 of American communities depend wholly on semi-trucks to deliver goods and services.
  • 1 in 14 U.S. jobs involve truckers.
  • It takes a football field’s length to completely stop a semi-truck driving at freeway speeds.

 

Semi-trucks can easily impede your leisurely commute to work, especially in Idaho, where they parade along the I-84. However, trucks are vital to the integrity of American commerce. Without semi-trucks, we won’t get our mail, goods, and even food. Semi-trucks, for now, are here to stay; we might as well learn to drive with them.

Know Semi-Truck’s Blindspots.

Unlike cars, semi-trucks have more blind spots due to their size and length. These blind spots are referred to as “no-zones”. Drivers should avoid driving in these no-zones to help ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Semi-trucks have no-zones in the following areas:

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  • Immediately in-front of the truck. Because trucks have longer hoods and tower above you, it is harder for them to see you if you change lanes in front of them.
  • Immediately behind the truck. Because of semi’s long trailers, it is difficult to see behind them. If you are tempted to draft a trucker to save gas mileage, understand that the driver cannot see you.
  • Driver and Passenger’s door. Because of the truck’s size, it is difficult for a driver to see cars driving by their doors.

Give Semi-Trucks the Space They Need

Stopping

As mentioned, trucks require at least a football field’s length to come to a full stop. Even though most trucks have premier braking systems, their weight requires a greater distances than cars do. When passing a truck, make sure that you pass with at least 60 feet between you and the truck.

Turning

You might have noticed the sign on the back of a truck saying, “This truck makes wide turns.” It’s true. Because of their length, trucks require far more room to complete a turn. In addition, trucks have an average height of 14 feet, much higher than SUV’s of 5-6 feet. This gives trucks a higher center of gravity, making it easier to tip over.

If you and a truck happen to be turning at the same time, give the truck the space it needs. If a truck is turning right, do not drive on the inside of the truck. You could run the risk of being clipped by the semi’s trailer.

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We understand that driving with trucks can be frightening, stressful, and annoying. But semi-trucks in Idaho have the same right to the road as you do. Avoid driving in their blind spots. Give them plenty of room to change lanes, slow down, and turn. Unfortunately, these guidelines aren’t foolproof and accidents with semi-trucks still occur. If you’ve been involved in a semi-truck accident in Idaho, give us a call. The attorneys at Hansen Injury Law in Idaho are experienced and will fight for the compensation you deserve.