Turning

Big rig turn diagram

For all turning vehicles, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the greater the difference. This is why truck drivers must often swing wide to complete a right turn. When you follow a truck, look at its turn signals before you start to pass. If you think the truck is turning left, wait a second and check the turn signals again. The driver may actually be turning right.

Big rig turning diagram 2

Large commercial truck and bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the right to safely make a left turn. They cannot see cars directly behind or beside them. Trying to squeeze in between the commercial vehicle and the curb is an invitation to disaster!

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