About other road users

Sharing the road with other heavy vehicles

Following trucks and buses

  • Drivers of buses and trucks often have large blind spots behind and at the side of their vehicle, so it is a good idea to position your vehicle far enough back so it can be seen in their side mirrors. This will let the truck or bus driver know you are there.
  • In wet weather, increase your following distance to keep back from any water spraying from the bus or truck's wheels that could reduce your visibility, and to also give you more time to stop.
  • When following another heavy vehicle, it's particularly important to leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front, so vehicles behind can pass you without having to pass both vehicles.

Overtaking trucks and buses

Because it takes several seconds longer to pass a truck or bus than it does to pass a car, it's important to make sure you have plenty of clear road ahead to safely pass without going over the speed limit. See Passing for more information.

Oncoming trucks and buses

When driving past an oncoming truck or bus (one travelling in the opposite direction), drivers should keep firm control of the steering wheel to counter the effect of any air turbulence.

Remember, trucks and other large vehicles take up more room on the road when travelling around bends and at intersections, and may not always stay entirely in their own lane.

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Last updated: 27 September 2010