When you drive on the highway in Georgia, you may sometimes feel nervous about driving near tractor-trailers. It is important for you to know how to share the road with these vehicles so you can keep yourself and your family safe.
One important aspect of sharing the road is being patient. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it may take longer for large trucks to accelerate. Even if you are in a hurry to get somewhere, it is a good idea to let the trucks take the time they need to maneuver on the road, as honking or trying to maneuver around trucks may result in distractions that cause accidents. It is also a good idea to keep your attention on the road. If you feel tired or have distractions, it may be more difficult for you to maneuver safely around tractor-trailers.
It is also important to remember that trucks usually need more turning room than a passenger vehicle. It is a good idea to make sure you give trucks enough room to turn so that they do not collide with your car. You typically should never position your car between the curb and a truck that is turning. Additionally, it is a good idea to use caution when passing tractor-trailers. You should usually pass only from the left lane. Before merging, it is a good idea to ensure you can see the truck in your rearview mirror. This generally means you have enough space to merge safely.
Additionally, it is a good idea to be aware of a truck’s blind spots. A tractor-trailer generally has larger blind spots than a passenger vehicle, and it is important to make sure you do not drive in one of these blind spots, as the truck driver will not be able to see your car. Because these blind spots can extend up to 30 feet away from the truck, it is a good idea to make sure you do not cut off one of these vehicles in traffic.
This information is general in nature. You should not use it in place of legal advice.