I couldn’t count how many times I’ve seen drivers (cars, SUVs, personal vehicles) take huge risks while sharing the road with a rig or large truck.
It’s a shame this isn’t covered on your driving test! Not everyone knows how large a truck’s blind spot is:
How often have you been in one of these zones and had a truck head your way? You blame the truck-driver but he/she isn’t always at fault. Truckers needs LOTS of room so why not just give it to them?
Always pass on the left side as the blind spot on the passenger side is very large. Pass quickly (but safely)! The less time you spend next to a large truck means less of a chance they may make a lane change in your direction.
When getting on the highway behind a truck try to cut the driver some slack. A fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000lbs. It’s no wonder it takes them some time to get up to speed, just like after a red light.
As long as truck divers are diligent and aware of their surroundings, sharing the road should be a breeze! Check out this link that answers many questions such as why truck drivers do not move over when there is traffic merging, or why so often they seem to cut off other drivers in smaller vehicles.