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Safe Driving Tips for Motorists during Truck Driver Appreciation Week

by Shalimar S. Wallis on 10/02/2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and trucking advocacy groups are marking National Truck Driver Appreciation Week between September 16 and September 22, 2012.  The week is dedicated to commercial truckers, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a number of tips for motorists to drive safely around commercial trucks.

Your risks of being injured or killed in an accident are dramatically higher, if your vehicle is involved in an accident with a commercial truck.  Avoid dangerous behaviors that could increase your risks of an accident.  For instance, avoid sudden cutting in front of these large vehicles.  This places additional pressure on commercial trucks around you.  These vehicles take a much longer time to come to a complete stop compared to passenger vehicles, and the risks of an accident are higher during such situations.

Educate yourself about the location of a truck driver’s blind spots.  In certain areas – like right behind or in front of a commercial truck - , you may not be visible to the driver.  Avoid positioning your car in these “no-go zones”.

Avoid all distractions while you're driving.  Switch off your cell phones, and stop fiddling with music stations when driving on a highway that sees heavy trucking traffic.

Always wear your seatbelt.  In any accident with a tractor-trailer, you will need the protection you can get, and seatbelts have been found to be the single most effective auto safety technology in history. 

Avoid trying to squeeze between 2 tractor tractor-trailers.  Avoid taking too long to overtake a tractor-trailer.  Look for truck driver signals, and pay attention to these.  Avoid driving too close behind a tractor-trailer.

If you have suffered injuries in a tractor-trailer accident, consult an experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyer at our firm.

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