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How to Share the Road with Trucks

A semi driving by a stopped state patrol squad car on a highway

An 80,000-pound vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour needs 335 feet to stop. So if you pull out in front of a semi-truck on a county highway without giving it enough room, it doesn’t matter how alert that driver is. It doesn’t matter how quick their reflexes are or how recently their brakes were replaced. If they don’t have enough room to stop, there’s going to be a crash.

In this blog, you’ll learn what you can do to share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

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