Following trucks and buses
- Remember the 2-second rule - following too closely will make it hard for you to see ahead, give you less time to stop and may put you in the truck or bus driver’s blind spots.
- In wet weather, increase your following distance to 4 seconds. This will keep you away from any water spraying from the wheels and give you more time to stop.
- Drivers of buses and trucks often have large blind spots behind and at the side of their vehicle. Stay far enough back so you can be seen in their side mirrors. If you can see their mirrors, they can see you.
Truck drivers’ blind spots
Overtaking trucks and buses
It takes several seconds longer to pass a truck or bus than it does to pass a car. Make sure you have plenty of clear road ahead to safely pass without going over the speed limit.
If you can’t see the truck or bus driver in their side mirror, they can’t see you.
Oncoming trucks and buses
Trucks and other large vehicles take up more room on the road. They may not always stay entirely in their own lane around bends and intersections.
When driving past a truck or bus travelling in the opposite direction, keep firm control of the steering in case of any air turbulence.