How to drive safely around semi-trucks in Ohio

October 21, 2022 | Crandall & Pera Law
How to drive safely around semi-trucks in Ohio

Semi-trucks are a common sight on the road, and for the most part, they pose no danger. However, when you share the road with these massive vehicles, it is important to be aware of their limitations and how they can affect your driving.

Blind spots

A semi-truck is built differently than a passenger vehicle, which means that it has different blind spots. The driver’s seat is positioned higher in a semi-truck, which gives the driver a better view of the road. However, this also means that there are large blind spots on either side of the truck. Therefore, as a road user, you need to be aware of these blind spots; be aware that the truck driver may not be able to see you.

Turning radius

A semi-truck has a much larger turning radius, which means that the driver needs to give himself more room to turn. This can often mean that the truck will swing out into another lane when turning. This is something to be aware of, as it can cause motor vehicle accidents if you are in the way.

Stopping distance

A semi-truck takes longer to stop than a passenger vehicle. This is due to the sheer weight and size of the truck. Therefore, it is important to give semi-trucks a wide berth and not cut them off.


A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. This weight can cause problems on the road, such as potholes and cracks in the pavement. It is important to be aware of these potential hazards and to drive cautiously around them.


A semi-truck can be up to 53 feet long. This length can make it difficult for the driver to maneuver, and can also make it difficult for other road users to see around the truck. It is important to be aware of these limitations and to give the truck plenty of space. In the end, it is important to remember that semi-trucks are large and heavy vehicles. They need more room to maneuver, and they take longer to stop. They also have blind spots that you need to be aware of. If you are sharing the road with semi-trucks, it is important to be cautious and aware of these limitations to keep yourself and others safe.