Heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks are often considerably larger, longer, heavier and more powerful than standard vehicles and need to be treated with safety in mind. Crashes with them are more likely to cause serious injury or death.
A general rule is that if you aren’t able to see the truck’s external mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Get out of the blind spot by either overtaking, if safe, or by pulling back to where you can be seen.
A truck driver may not be able to see you or be able to stop if you try to pass them while they are turning, so wait until they have completed their turn before passing.
Consider the length of the vehicle you are overtaking - heavy vehicles are long, and you need extra distance to pass. Overtake ONLY if safe.
Don’t pull in too close after overtaking as you may force the truck to brake or cause a collision.
Vehicles with a ‘Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle’ sign can legally use two lanes when turning and are allowed to cut corners. They will require extra space at intersections, corners, and roundabouts. Be careful as passenger vehicles are likely to be crushed if put in the path of a turning truck.Remember that some trucks may need to use the right-hand lane to turn left
Oversized vehicles are often accompanied by escort vehicles with yellow flashing light, and/or with an “Oversize Load Ahead” warning sign. Follow any instructions from a pilot/escort vehicle.Anoversized vehicle being escorted by a pilot vehicle on the freeway
Allow extra room and patience for a truck with an ‘Oversize’ sign.
When approaching an oncoming oversize vehicle:
Be extremely careful when overtaking an oversize vehicle. Oversize vehicles often pull over now and then to allow other traffic to pass.
An oversize vehicle driving on a bridge may not leave enough room for other vehicles to fit on the bridge at the same time. Stop and wait until the oversize vehicle has passed the bridge as they may be unable to reverse.