Q: Most of the roads I drive are traveled by large trucks. Trucks scare me.
Isn't it true they cause a lot of crashes?
A: Actually, in most car or truck collisions (80 percent), it is the passenger car driver - not the driver of the truck - that makes the mistake.
Trucks are an important part of our economy and are impossible to avoid.
Make your drive less stressful. Learn to "share the road" with trucks and other large vehicles.
The larger the vehicle; the more slowly it appears to be moving.
Larger vehicles also appear to be further away.
The larger the vehicle, the longer it takes to stop.
It can take a trailer truck twice as long to stop as a car.
The larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot.
Trucks have huge blind spots on the sides, in front and directly in the back of the vehicle. The blind spots are called the no zone; in a blind spot, you can "disappear" from the view of the truck driver. Side blind spots can cross several traffic lanes.
More than 70 percent of all truck or car collisions occur at intersections or on undivided roads.
Stopping suddenly in front of a truck, pulling out in front of a truck, or turning left into a truck's path can be dangerous.
Always allow extra space and time.
And remember to always buckle up - every one - every trip - every time. It is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
"Sadie Says . . ." is brought to you by the Safe Communities Task Force, whose members include AAA North Penn, AARP, Area Agency on Aging and regional transportation and highway safety advocates.