How to share the road with logging trucks

One of the most beautiful aspects of North Carolina is lush, green forests. Not only do these forests provide beautiful sightseeing and homes for wildlife, but they also provide jobs for many workers in the state.

With nearly two-thirds of the state covered by forests, it takes a lot of work to manage them. When loggers cut down these massive trees, they also need an equally sizable vehicle to haul them away. These large trucks are an efficient way to transport these logs but can cause unease for drivers of smaller vehicles.

Having peace of mind near logging trucks

Drivers become concerned around logging trucks for good reason. It’s far more likely for the driver of the smaller vehicle to suffer an injury than the truck driver because of the size difference. Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid driving near logging trucks, but you can prepare yourself for those times you do. Some tips to keep in mind include:

  • Be predictable: Because it’s more difficult for a truck driver to avoid a collision, it’s important to telegraph your intentions to the driver. Simple actions like using your turn signal and ensuring you have plenty of space to change lanes can keep you from surprising the driver.
  • Avoid blind spots: A general rule is that if you cannot see a truck’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Similarly, driving alongside a truck can be dangerous for the same reason.
  • Keep your distance: It’s easy to tailgate but you should avoid this behavior as much as you can, especially near logging trucks. Tailgating may decrease your ability to stop if a truck driver slams their brakes and obstructs your view of the road ahead.

By giving large trucks like those used for logging added space, you’re helping to create a safer driving experience for everyone on the road. It’s best to be cautious.

Controlling what you can

While you cannot control things like a truck carrying more than its recommended capacity or a fatigued driver, you can ensure that you’re doing the right things. Sharing the road with logging trucks doesn’t have to be nerve-racking, so you can focus on your scenic drives through the state.

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