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If everyone keeps these tips in my mind, it will help me know that my loved one will be able to come home to me.

DO NOT DRIVE IN THEIR BLIND SPOTS!
Do not tailgate. If you can't see their mirrors, they can't see you. If you can't see the driver in their side mirrors while you are driving by them, they can't see you! Please don't drive in the NO ZONES.

DON'T SWITCH LANES IN FRONT OF THEM.
You want to pass someone so you jump in the next lane, then have to slow down because someone else had the same idea, well that big rig that you cut in front of CANNOT stop like you can. Who will get the blame? Trust me it won't be any of the small cars.

IF YOU GOING TO PASS A TRUCK THEN PASS AND GO!
This means don't pass the truck get back over and slow down. Once again those trucks can't stop like you can! So Pass and GO!

WIDE LOADS NEED ROOM!
You are driving down a two lane road and there is a wide load in front of you. He is taking one and a half lanes. What do you do? PLEASE don't try to get by using that half a lane. It is not safe. Wait till the Driver eases off on the shoulder to allow you to pass.

DON'T CUT IN FRONT OF A TRUCK.
If a car jumps in front of a truck they figure the truck can stop or they don't think at all. The average driver likes to have at least two car lengths in front of them while driving. If a car jumps into that safety zone and has to stop quickly after doing so, that truck may not have the room required to stop. I have seen so many near misses my husband has had. When I am not there I think of all the near misses I am not seeing and it scares me!

Be safe out there.

ÓĮ∂ember 2006 skeasling

For more tips on sharing the road, visit Share The Road Safely.

About the author:
skeasling is a trucker's wife and a member of the ATW Community. She sees her husband about seven days a month. She knows first hand driving a truck is not an easy task as she has ridden with him over the road and has personally seen the hazards of being a driver.

 

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