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Driving Safely with all Vehicles

07 Sep Blog | Comments


Driving safely with all vehicles sounds easy enough, but it does require you to be aware of your surroundings. There are many different types of vehicles out on the road. There are cars, trucks, semi-trucks, motorcycles, oversized vehicles, first responder vehicles, like fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances. Different types of vehicles require different types of responses. Understanding how you need to respond to different types of vehicles will make driving safely with all vehicles possible.

Types of Responses

Allow more space between you and the other vehicle

  • Semi-trucks – giving the semi-truck more space gives you more time to react if the truck suddenly changes lanes.

  • Oversized vehicles – the vehicle itself is not over-sized, but whatever it is transporting is and it could be wider than a normal-sized lane. By giving it more space you ensure you don’t get hit by whatever is being transported.

  • Motorcycles – a person riding a motorcycle has less protection than anyone in a car, truck, etc. by giving motorcycles more space you give yourself more time to avoid them if they wreck in front of you.

Pullover to the side of the road to allow the vehicle to pass (if sirens are going)

  • Police Cars – that have their lights going could be heading to a call or possibly pulling you over for breaking a law. Either way when you see a police car with their lights and/or sirens going you need to pull over.

  • Fire Trucks – with lights and/or sirens on are in a hurry because someone is in trouble. You need to get out of their way.

  • Ambulances – are designed to help people, but they can only do that if when you see one with its lights and/or sirens on you get out of the way.

Be sure the other vehicle can see you in their rearview mirror

  • Semi-trucks – have bigger blind spots than regular-sized vehicles making it harder to see other vehicles. In order for you to be seen you need to put more distance between you and the semi-truck. The rule of thumb is if you can’t see their rear-view mirror they cannot see you.

  • Oversized Vehicles – are similar to semi-trucks in that you need to give them room. Controlling an oversized vehicle is tricky and the driver can lose control quickly. The more room you give the oversized vehicle the better off you are if you need to get out of the way.

Driving safely with all vehicles is the ultimate goal, every time you go out onto the road. Going out onto the road is a risk. You can minimize that risk by being fully aware of your surroundings and by understanding how you should respond based on the vehicle in your vicinity. You also need to be prepared to react should anything happen.

Even if you properly respond you may still have to react to a situation that you do not have complete control over. However, if you gave yourself the necessary distance between your vehicle and other vehicles you will have more time to react which could ultimately save your life and theirs.


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