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How to safely share the road with trucks

Trucks make their way down the LIE in

Trucks make their way down the LIE in Mineola. (Jan. 27, 2010) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Tips for driving amid the trucks, from state troopers and other traffic experts, including the AAA:

Stay out of blind spots

Avoid the "no zone" of trucks, which includes directly behind, in front, or to either side of a truck. Drivers should make sure they are several car lengths from a truck in front or behind them.

Give trucks room to stop

A loaded tractor-trailer can take the length of a football field to stop. If you move into the space in front of a truck, the driver's safety buffer will disappear. Can't keep up? Get off

If you can't keep up with posted speed limits, get into the far right lane and exit the highway as soon as possible. Drive with hazard lights on only as long as it takes to safely pull off the road.

Pay attention to driving

Focus on driving, and don't get distracted by a cell phone or other devices. - Yamiche Alcindor

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