No matter what state you are driving in, be it Florida or beyond, it is likely that you will come across many semi trucks in your travels. While seeing trucks full of cargo on the road is a sure sign of a strong economy, sharing the road with a semi truck can be very intimidating. Fortunately, there are a number of things that commercial vehicles can do to avoid wrecks with big rigs. According to Safer America, giving semi-trucks enough space to maneuver is absolutely vital for safety.
Essentially, you want to make sure that there is as much room between you and a semi truck as possible. Avoid making sudden stops in front of a semi, as they need much more room to slow down then you do. If you are driving on a surface street and a light turns yellow and you are in front of a semi truck, it is safer to continue on through the yellow light as opposed to slamming on your brakes.
Ensure that you never pass a truck on the right side. In many places, this is actually an illegal maneuver, and the reason is that this area is the driver’s largest blind spot. If you are trying to pass on the right, the driver may not see you and could potentially merge into you.
Finally, if a semi truck is trying to merge into your lane, do the smart thing and slow down to let them in. Again, if you would like to pass them you can always move over to the left and do so. However, giving semi-trucks plenty of room to move in traffic will ensure safer traffic flow for all.