The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a campaign to put a stop to aggressive driving behaviors in both commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers.
From now through June 28, Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be zeroing in on aggressive drivers with the intention of reducing fatal crashes as part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Truck (TACT) campaign.
Florida transportation officials say that troopers will be looking ford dangerous driving behaviors like following too closely, unsafe lane change and speeding violations committed by truck and car drivers.
The TACT campaign will also focus on educating drivers on how to share the road safely with commercial vehicles. Here are some tips offered byFlorida transportation officials on how to safely share the road with semi trucks:
Tips on how to safely interact with large trucks:
- Don’t cut off trucks. Total stopping distance is very different for a large truck than a passenger car. When you pass a large truck allow a car length for every 10 mph you are traveling. Cutting it close with a truck can cut your life short.
- Stay out of the truck’s blind spots/No Zones. Trucks have very large blind spots.
- Keep a safe distance. While it is never safe to tailgate any vehicle on the highway, following too close is particularly dangerous around large trucks and buses because the size of these vehicles prevents you from seeing the road ahead and having sufficient time to react to slowing or stopped traffic or another obstacle.
- Only change lanes when you can see both of the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.