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Teens and Big Rigs

30 Sep Blog | Comments

Most teen drivers do not know how to drive with big rigs. If you are a “veteran” driver you know that driving with anything other than a regular sized car can be challenging. Many teenagers are not given proper education on how to drive with larger vehicles. As a result many of the accidents teens end up in are with: semi-trucks, buses, etc.…

It is extremely important that we educate our young drivers and part of our responsibility as parents of those teenagers. There are simple safety tips that can be followed that will keep your teenage driver safer while driving around larger vehicles.

One very important tip is to stay out of larger vehicles’ blind spots. During most driver’s education courses blind spots are discussed. It’s that one spot where the person cannot see the car or vehicle in their mirror. Larger vehicles like buses and big rigs have very large blind spots. And although we would like to believe that everyone checks their blind spots before moving lanes we all know that’s not true. It is our job as a driver stay out of the blind spot of those larger vehicles. One really good tip to remember is that if you cannot see the driver’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.

The second important safety tip is to understand that trucks and buses make wider turns. Because those vehicles are larger they need more space to make turns. Occasionally a semi-truck or other large vehicle may end up in the adjacent lane. Is important to be aware of that and to give the vehicle the space necessary to complete their turn.

The next safety tip is to remember not to cut off buses or other large trucks. It is never safe to cut any vehicle off but large trucks and buses require more time slow down and to stop. If you cut things too close and that vehicle is unable to slow down fast enough you have just created an accident.

Another important safety tip to be aware of the distance between you and the larger vehicle. It is important to maintain at least a three second distance between you and the large bus or truck. Keeping that distance is important in order to give that truck or bus enough time to stop should it become necessary.

It is also important to keep a good distance from a larger vehicle because sometimes they kick up rocks or other loose materials from the road. Rocks coming off a larger vehicle’s tire can do much more damage than a regular car’s tire shooting a rock off the ground.

Being a teen driver can be nerve-racking for both the teen and the parent. The more educated your child is the safer he or she will be on the roads. Part of that education should be driving with vehicles that are larger than cars. Knowing what to do and how to make sure that your car is seen by those larger vehicles is very important.


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