The winter months often make travel more difficult, but no matter the time of year, it's always important to drive cautiously when large trucks are nearby. When driving, trucks have limitations that smaller vehicles do not. They are not able to stop as quickly and need much more room to turn and merge. These difficulties only become more prominent with the winter weather.
Stay away from blind spots
Trucks and buses have larger blind spots on all four sides of their vehicle. If you can't see the driver of the truck or their mirrors, it's safe to assume they can't see you. Don't drive in these blind spots -- slow down or pass the truck to stay visible and be careful when merging near a truck.
Do not linger next to a truck when passing
Always pass on the left side after signalling clearly. Before you pull back in front of the truck, make sure it is visible in your rearview mirror. If a truck or bus is trying to pass you, stay to the right and give them the time and space to change lanes or merge from a ramp.
Keep a safe distance
If you find yourself behind a truck, do not tailgate. Following too closely puts you in a blind spot. It's also important to stay back when stopped behind a truck, as it could roll back.
Be mindful while merging
When merging onto or exiting the highway, do not cut off a truck or bus. If you move in too quickly, the driver won't see you. Large vehicles take longer to stop, so even if they know you're coming, they might not be able to slow down in time to avoid a collision.
Road conditions and driver behavior can be unpredictable, but you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others around you. Always take your time and give the road your full, undivided attention to avoid collisions, injuries or worse.