How to Make Safe Right Turns For Truck Drivers

At intersections, a semi-truck requires more than one lane to make a right turn because of its large size. They often start their turn from the left lane and move into the right lane upon completion. This risks collisions with smaller vehicles behind the truck that attempt to pass on its right side.

These motorists often ignore or fail to see the truck’s right turn signal and jump at the opportunity to pass. Some think they can squeeze through quickly while others don’t realize that the truck will use the space to its right when completing its turn.

From the truck driver’s point of view, he must rely on motorists to stay out of the space to his right because a large blind spot obstructs his view of this area. This is why right turn collisions happen so often. However, the truck driver can avoid this problem by using the following suggestions:

Begin in the Right Lane and Turn When the Trailer’s Rear Wheels Clear the Corner

This allows no space on the right for motorists to use which means traffic can’t drive into your blind spot on the right side. However, it does mean that your turn will take you into the left lane of the road you are turning into. Completion of the turn will then bring your rig back to the right lane. You should also angle to the left slightly when starting your turn.

Reduce the Distance Between Your Tractor’s Drive Axle and Trailer’s Wheel Axle

A shorter distance between your tractor’s drive axle and trailer’s wheel axle will tighten your turning radius. This is done by making a tandem axle adjustment. The wheel axle of many trailers is adjustable and can slide forward toward the tractor’s drive axle. This should only be done with lightly loaded trailers. Otherwise, it could place too much weight on the trailer wheels and place you in violation of state regulations.

If you were injured in a trucking accident and need the legal advice of experienced semi-truck accident lawyers, Mike Lewis Attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. We represent accident victims in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Contact us today.

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