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How can I safely pass a big-rig truck?


You’ve probably been there before: you’re driving along I-84 or I-184 and you’re stuck behind a massive truck that seems to be moving well below the speed limit. You don’t like driving near trucks anyway, so you decide you are going to pass the big rig.

You move into the left lane and begin to accelerate so that you can get ahead of the enormous vehicle. Unfortunately, the truck driver had the same idea to move over a lane and didn’t see you. The next thing you knew, you were underneath the tractor trailer.

Tips on Safely Passing Large Trucks

All too often motorists find themselves in these dangerous situations. You may prevent yourself from becoming injured by following these tips:

  • Stay visible. As you’ve probably heard before, if you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver likely can’t see you. Avoid driving in a position in which you can’t see those mirrors, because you may find yourself colliding with the truck as a result.
  • Keep your distance. When returning to your original lane after passing the truck, leave at least two or three car lengths in between your rear bumper and the front of the truck. Do your best to prevent having to make the trucker brake, as this could cause major problems.
  • Remember that passing on two-lane roads is dangerous. If you decide to pass a truck on a two-lane road, ensure that doing so is legal as well as safe. Trucks aren’t able to stop or maneuver as quickly as cars are, which means if a vehicle comes towards you as you are attempting to pass, you may end up crashing as the truck likely won’t be able to get out of the way.

When You’re the Victim

If, despite your careful driving, you still become the victim of a truck accident, the attorneys of the Morton Law Offices may be able to help.

Contact us today to find out how we have helped many drivers in the Boise area, and how we may be able to do the same for you.