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Tip No: 9 - Sharing The Road With A Truck
Truck drivers are experienced and skilled drivers, and they have special challenges to contend with. Understanding these challenges will help prevent accidents.

When you come to a stop behind a truck, keep to the left of your lane so the driver can see you in his side mirror. Remember if you can't see the truck driver in one of his mirrors he/she probably can't see you.

Always leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the truck to prevent roll back incidents, which can happen when a truck driver is forced to stop on an upgrade.

As he takes his foot off the brake and releases the clutch pedal, the truck may roll back a few feet. Remember he may have a very heavy load and has many gears to shift to get going.

Never tailgate, particularly trucks. The truck's size will almost totally block your view and you will have to rely on his brake light for a signal that something is going on in front. At the same time you will be in one of the truck driver's blind spots.

When entering an expressway, never pull in front of a truck without leaving adequate room. It can't stop on a dime, and you could be the cause of a jackknife or a major crash.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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