Passing or being passed by another vehicle on the road puts log truck drivers at considerably more risk of being involved in an accident. However, on occasion, and only when it's safe and legal to do so, passing will be necessary to mitigate other dangers
such as a vehicle in front travelling too slowly.
To prevent the likelihood of a dangerous accident, we've outlined some key tips that log truck drivers should execute when having to pass another vehicle and what they should do when another vehicle seeks to pass them.
Changing lanes to make a pass:
- Pass only when it's necessary and safe to do so. Always make sure that the road ahead is clear and always check your blind spots.
- Make sure you have enough space to make a pass if there is a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.
- Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you to ensure that there is enough room to maneuver and avoid a rear-end collision.
- Give the right of way whenever changing lanes.
- Always signal far in advance of any lane changes to give adequate warning to other vehicles.
After passing a vehicle:
- Signal right so the vehicle behind you knows you wish to re-enter the right lane again.
- Make sure there is adequate space between your vehicle and the vehicle you passed.
- Check all blind spots and begin to enter the right lane once the coast is clear.
- Always remember the extra length at the rear of a load if logs extend beyond the trailer.
- Attempt to pass more than one vehicle at a time.
- Try to pass a vehicle unless there is sufficient room ahead for you to move back into the right hand lane.
- Try to pass a vehicle while driving up or down a hill, around curves, or on bridges.
- Exceed the speed limit when passing.
We recommend that log truck drivers should not attempt to pass another vehicle if driving on a two-lane road and/or while loaded.
Never attempt to pass another vehicle:
- In no-passing, school, construction and hospital zones.
- Within 100 feet of a railroad crossing.
- Within 100 feet of an intersection.
- When the vehicle ahead is already driving at the speed limit.
When you are being passed by another vehicle:
- Stay right and reduce speed to allow passing drivers to overtake you.
- Dim your headlights at night.
- Be aware of drivers passing or changing lanes recklessly.
- Always be prepared for possible sudden braking by the passing vehicle once they re-enter the right hand lane.
When being passed, do not:
- Speed up or attempt to prevent a car from passing.
- Signal to a passing driver that it is safe for them to pass.
While passing vehicles can be tempting for log truck drivers - whether late for an appointment or simply eager to get somewhere quickly - they should ask themselves if it will really make that much difference to their travel time. Often, the answer is no. The seconds gained by passing do not out-weigh the danger.
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