“Be safe. The “Drive Smart” campaign is currently underway and urges motorists to be vigilant and use caution when driving around large trucks on Texas roads.
Every day, thousands of large trucks and semi-trailers ply the busy highways of Texas, weighing 20 times more than the average car.
TxDOT says that a loaded 80,000-pound semi-trailer traveling at 65 miles an hour can take as much as the length of a football field to come to a complete stop, which is why TxDOT says motorists should avoid driving too close or swerving in front of a large truck.
A good rule of thumb for motorists to remember is that if they cannot see the truck driver in the side mirror of the truck, that truck driver cannot see them or their vehicle either.
To help keep everyone safe on the road, TxDOT says you do several things.
First, safely pass trucks while waiting to see both truck headlights in your rearview mirror before returning to your lane.
Also, maintain a safe tracking distance and never cross behind a backing truck.
Finally, don’t get caught between a truck and the sidewalk. Trucks make wide right turns and the driver may not see you.
“Be careful. Drive Smart” is part of the End the Streak Texas program.
November 7, 2000 was the last day without death on the roads of Texas.
TxDOT is calling on all Texans to make a commitment to driving safely to help end the series of daily fatalities on Texas roads.
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