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TAKE CARE WHEN DRIVING AROUND SEMI-TRUCKS

The Nevada Highway Patrol wants to reduce the number of commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle moving violations, crashes, injuries and fatalities. The Badge on Board program reminds drivers to take care when driving around semi-trucks. Dangerous driving around semi-trucks and buses includes:

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to signal lane changes
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding
  • Failure to use due care
  • Aggressive driving (a combination of two or more behaviors)

KNOW THE NO ZONE

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The no-zones are the areas around large commercial vehicles where the truck or bus driver cannot see other vehicles. Avoid these areas when traveling near a truck or bus; when changing lanes leave additional space between you and the commercial vehicle.

    PASSENGER VEHICLE SAFE DRIVING REMINDERS

    • When passing a truck, make sure you can fully see both of the trucks headlights in your mirror before changing lanes and maintain your speed.
    • A truck simply does not drive like a car. It can take over 500 ft. for a fully loaded truck going 65 mph to come to a complete stop.
    • The truck driver has blind spots--or areas he can't see--in front of the cab, on both sides of the rig and the rear of the trailer.
    • If you find yourself driving behind a truck and can see the truck's side mirrors on both sides, you are at a safe distance behind it. If you can't see the mirrors then you are too close.