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September, 1999
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A Crash Course in How to Steer Clear of Trucks

(This article is reproduced, with permission, from Volume 7, Issue 4 of the Nevada Milepost, published by the Nevada T2 Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.)

There is good news and bad news about highway safety concerning cars and big trucks. First, the bad news:

Now, the good news Many of these crashes could be avoided if motorists knew about truck limitations and how to steer clear of unsafe situations involving trucks.

Remember, trucks don't drive like cars

Seems obvious, doesn't it? But while most people realize that it's more difficult to drive a truck than a car, many don't know exactly what a truck's limitations are in terms of maneuverability, stopping distances and blind spots. So here's a handy rule of thumb: Generally speaking, the bigger they are:

The following are some specific situations that come up when you're sharing the road with trucks.

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