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Safely sharing the road around trucks in bad weather

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Adverse weather conditions are fairly common for drivers in New York City. When it comes to sharing the road with truckers, the situation can become even more daunting.

Snow, rain and high winds can create hazardous conditions, increasing the risk of accidents. To ensure safety on the road, car drivers must take certain precautions when encountering trucks

Maintain a safe following distance

It is not unheard of for New York City to experience winters with total snowfalls of 30 inches or more. In inclement weather, maintaining a safe following distance is important. Trucks are larger and heavier than cars, making it more difficult for them to stop quickly. Allow for extra space between your car and the truck in front to provide room for unexpected maneuvers or stops.

Stay visible

Many types of weather can reduce visibility for all drivers. Make sure your headlights are on and your taillights are functioning properly. Keep a safe distance behind trucks to ensure you stay within their field of vision. Avoid lingering in the truck’s blind spots, which are usually larger than those of regular cars.

Avoid abrupt lane changes

Changing lanes abruptly can be risky, especially when road conditions are challenging. Signal your intention to change lanes well in advance and check your blind spots carefully. Trucks have limited maneuverability in adverse weather, so give them plenty of notice when you plan to change lanes.

Be cautious during lane merges

When merging onto highways or changing lanes, be cautious around trucks. Remember that trucks have larger blind spots, and the merge can be more challenging for them. Give them extra space and merge gradually to ensure a safe transition.

Reduce speed

Extreme weather conditions require reduced speeds for all vehicles. Driving at a safe, slower pace allows for better control and reaction time. Avoid tailgating trucks, as it can lead to accidents if you need to stop suddenly.

Avoid distracted driving

Distracted driving is dangerous in any weather, but it becomes especially perilous during adverse conditions. Keep your focus on the road, avoid using your phone and minimize distractions inside your vehicle.

Maintain your vehicle

Ensure your car is in good working condition. Check your tires, brakes and windshield wipers regularly, and replace them as needed. A well-maintained vehicle is better equipped to handle adverse weather conditions.

Safety should always be the top priority when navigating New York City’s streets, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.