When following a large vehicle you should?
TIP #1: Maintain a Safe Following Distance
In crashes, large trucks most often hit the vehicle in front of them. Did You Know? If you are driving below 40 mph, you should leave at least one second for every 10 feet of vehicle length.
When you are following a large vehicle you must increase your following distance?
Additionally, large vehicles can block your view of the road, so increase your following distance to look around the sides of the vehicle and see the road ahead.
What do you need to know if you are following a large truck?
Large trucks take longer to stop than a car traveling at the same speed. Truck drivers often swing wide to complete a right turn, so if you’re following a truck, carefully look at its turning signals and consider that the drivers of large commercial vehicles cannot see anything directly behind or beside them.
What should you do when passing a larger vehicle?
Make sure the truck or bus is visible in your rear view mirror before you pull in front; give it extra space. Avoid passing trucks and buses on a downgrade where they tend to pick up speed. Never pass from the right lane. When a bus or truck is passing you, stay to the right and slow down slightly.
When traveling behind a large truck you should?
10 Safety Tips for Driving Around Trucks
- Avoid Blind Spots. Big rigs and other large vehicles have much larger blind-spot areas than traditional passenger vehicles: …
- Practice Safe Passing. …
- Allow More Time. …
- Increase Following Distance. …
- Watch for Wide Turns. …
- Drive Patiently. …
- Wear Your Seat Belt. …
- Stay Focused.
When you overtake a vehicle you should?
Stay close behind the vehicle so you need less time to pass. If conditions are safe and legal for passing, check in your mirrors and signal your lane change. Before you pull into the left lane, look quickly over your left shoulder to make sure there is no vehicle in your blind spot.
When should following distance be increased?
You should increase your following distance when you are behind a large vehicle that blocks your vision, when driving in bad weather or heavy traffic, when exiting an expressway, when behind a motorcycle or bicycle, and if someone is tailgating you.
What is the correct following distance when driving?
A defensive driver maintains a safe following distance of at least three seconds behind the vehicle ahead and increases it depending on weather and road conditions.
What are large vehicles?
Any vehicle or its load that is wider, taller, longer or heavier than specified thresholds is considered oversized and must have an Oversize Load Permit from Transportation Engineering and Management. Physically moving a house requires a House Moving Permit from the Strategic & Transportation Planning Division.
What are the rules for truck drivers?
Drivers may work no more than 60 hours on-duty over seven consecutive days or 70 hours over eight days. And they need to maintain a driver’s log for seven days and eight days after, respectively. Drivers may be on duty for up to 14 hours following 10 hours off duty, but they are limited to 11 hours of driving time.
How can you tell if the driver of a large truck can see you?
These blind spot areas include: directly in front, directly behind and along each side—especially on the right side. If you cannot see the truck driver’s reflection in his or her side mirror, you are in the truck driver’s blind spot and they cannot see you.