How truck smart are you?
Watch the video and take the quiz to find out.
Did you know that approximately ¼ of all vehicles on Utah roads are large trucks? Nationally, over 75 percent of auto vs. truck crashes are caused by negligent driving on the part of the auto driver. By understanding just how massive these trucks are, how large their blind spots are, and how much room they need to operate and come to a stop, our roads and highways can be a much safer place for everyone.
The typical passenger vehicle weighs:
A typical fully loaded tractor-trailer weighs:
A typical passenger vehicle traveling at 65 mph under ideal conditions takes:
A fully loaded tractor-trailer traveling at 65 mph under ideal conditions takes a minimum of:
Total stopping distance for a passenger vehicle is a combination of what three things?
It is okay to pass a snowplow pushing snow, as long as you have four-wheel drive.
The rear blind spot behind a semi-truck extends approximately 200 feet.
You know you are not in a blind spot if you can see a truck's side mirrors.
What should you do when you are merging on the freeway?
How many car lengths should you allow before pulling in front of a truck?
It is illegal to pass a truck pulling multiple trailers.
Trucks often pull into the left lane to let traffic pass on the right when making right turns.
Trucks and buses require more distance and time to stop and maneuver than cars do.
Truck drivers have better visibility because they sit up so high.
The no zones, or blind spots, of a semi-truck are:
It is safe to draft or tailgate large trucks or buses to save gas.
After passing a truck and returning to the lane in front of the truck, do not slow down.
A semi has more brakes so it can stop faster than a car.
Following a semi too closely can result in:
It is legal to stop beyond the white stop line at an intersection as long as you watch for traffic and pedestrians.
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