Tips On Sharing Road With Trucks – Staying Safe

By Peter Chubb - Dec 7, 2010

Driving on the road has become much harder in recent years, the main reason is because of the huge volume of traffic. However, over the years there is one menace on the road – trucks or big rigs as some people call them. It is no secret that these multi-wheel vehicles can cause a huge amount of stress for other drivers on the road – but let us not forget how stressful it is for truckers as well, as they all have a deadline to meet.

The most common problem that I know off is when these rigs go to overtake you, things are fine that is until they come in; there have been occasions when they get back into the lane too early and their back wheels clip your car. Charles Plueddeman from MSN Autos talks about the time when the same thing happened to Chuck Tannert, a MSN Contributing Editor.

Plueddeman has offered some valuable tips on sharing road with trucks, and how you can stay safe. He goes through a number of situations that we often find ourselves in. The first is what to do when a trucker is tailgating you; he explains that slowing down or speeding up will only make matters worse, so the easiest thing to do is a change lane.

The scariest moment is when two trucks pull side-by-side and you have this moving wall on either side. This is a fear that my father has, but I always tell him to stay calm, as being scared could make you lose control of your vehicle. This is the same advice that Plueddeman gives, so there has to be some truth to it.

For an even greater insight to staying safe on the roads, then who better to offer advice than professional truck drivers. There is an article on PRNewswire that talks about how professional truck drivers have been giving tips to young drivers when driving on the highway. They also got to climb inside a cab of a truck, just to get a trucker’s perspective and see just what they cannot see. This is certainly a great idea, one that is hoped to help both big rig truckers and car drivers be more aware of each other.

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  • Charles Plueddeman

    Just found this post tonight. To the writer (Wiebe) above…I went back and looked at the story and the statements you make do not appear anywhere in the article. And while it's true I did not do a ride-along in a big rig, I have driven commercial straight trucks porfessionally. Finally, there were two parts to this story. The other part takes the professional driver's perspective. Here's the link:

    Thanks…Charles Plueddeman, Contributor, Autos

  • Richard Wiebe

    I read all 3 of Charles Plueddeman's articles. He IS NOT a good writer. He never rode "over the road" with a long-haul trucker to get "just a taste" of real experience. So – how can he draw any conclusions? He talks about passing a truck on the right side, having a "near accident", then blaming the trucker for "allowing him in his blind side". That makes him an idiot.

    I doubt I will want to read his articles again.

  • doglegg

    dont be in such a hurry,think miles ahead not just 10 ft,

  • Shirley

    Driver's need to respect big rigs and especially the drivers, for without these big rigs we would not have items in stores for us to buy daily. These drivers are on schedules and need to get to where they are going, and if we can help them by being considerate to them, lets all do it on the highway. When they need to pass, back off and let them in to pass, they have alot more gears to worry about than we do and can't slow down as easily either; if they come up behind you and you are going too slow and can move over to another lane do so, let them keep their momentum going; when traveling up hill this is the hardest for not only the big rig but the driver, for he must sometimes pull out in front to pass another big rig that isn't going as fast, let them in to go around; never pull in front of a big rig and slow down, or never pull on to a ramp and get in front of a big rig and go slow, or never think you are going to win a lane with a big rig, you could cause one heck of a pile up of cars and a big rig down. Thank the drivers that have this job to help us out in life.

    • truckbo

      Wow, either you are a driver or know one. You sum up alot. people just do not understand. But you said alot that I only wish people would read and UNDERSTAND! Great job, thank you!

  • Bob

    Mine was a general comment not directed to any individual to enhance the flow of traffic……if the shoe fits wear it.

  • Bob

    The llacksadaiical idiots who ride the left lane are the biggest problem on the road today,I f there are 10 cars ahead of me 8 of them will be in the left lane. I Ihave even chewed out a stupid Drivers Education teacher at a stop light for riding the left lane teaching a student driver They have no conception that the left lane is the passing lane and are totaly incognicent having never been taughr the most important rule of the road.. Unfortunatly this common sense law is not enforced by law enforcement and they are the problem plus the Dept of Motor Vehicles failing to enforce it.

  • P. Greenberg

    The title of this article claims to provide 'tips'. Only one half of ONE tip was provided. Lame.

  • Verann

    As a truckers wife I have a different perspective. Ladies… keep your boob's to yourselves, MY husband doesn't need to see them. Volkswagon drivers or other tiny cars quit zipping around a truck and then slowing down… he IS higher than you and can see how close he is… but you might be UNDER his cab. And did you drivers know that many truckers see you broken down and help when another car driver won't or that if a trucker has seen ahead of the traffic because of his height he will use that C-B of his to make emergency calls to help protect everyone on the road. If we ALL use common sence driving there wouldn't BE disgruntled drivers… whether you are a motorcyclist (which we are) a city driver (of which we are) or a trucker (of which we are)…

  • Take Deep Breath

    It would help us all to put ourselves (perceptually speaking) in the other drivers' position occasionally. We need to be patient and understanding when we are the ones behind the wheel. Leaving each other a little space and driving with some consideration of others around us would go a long way towards diffusing road rage. Trucks, big SUV's. and little cars are experience blind spots, bad road conditions, weather, noise and other distractions that can influence how they drive. Put yourself in their place (for just a second!) and try to be patient. Who knows? It might be someone's grandmother behind the wheel just trying to get to the store for some food or someone's daughter on her first day on the highway. You give me a break and I'll give you one!