Managing Space – Safe Driving Tips for CMV Drivers

When driving on the road for long periods of time it easy to become inpatient or not alert. This is when driving can become dangerous especially when driving a large commercial vehicle. Large trucks simply don’t stop or turn as quickly as others. You need to maintain a safe following distance at all times.

Keeping a safe following distance will allow you to stop your vehicle or make a safe evasion in time to avoid an accident. You need a minimum of one second for each 10 feet of vehicle length at speeds below 40 mph. At greater speeds, you must add 1 second for safety.

What if you are being tailgated? The best way to deal with an aggressive driver that is tailgating you is to increase your following distance even further. This make you not have to stop any faster than normal and the person behind won’t rear end you.

How to manage space in turns. When driving a long vehicle through a right turn keep your wheels tight to the curb. This will prevent anyone from cutting you off and getting trapped. If your vehicle cannot make the turn without going into another lane, take the turn wide as you complete the turn. When making a left hand turn reach the middle of the intersection before starting the turn. Long vehicles off-track and can cause the rear wheels to drag and hit another vehicle.

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