Freeways are intimidating to navigate in a car, and they are even trickier to tackle in a truck. In fact, your career in the trucking industry depends on being able to safely enter and exit the freeway. So here is our time-tested best way to exit a freeway in a truck.
What If It Sneaks Up On You?
First things first, if an exit sneaks up on you never cut rapidly across multiple lanes of traffic to get there, whether you’re driving a car or a truck. If you forget about your exit and cannot get over, or could only get over if you suddenly brake or rapidly accelerate, wait it out. Get over safely and off at the closest exit you can. Turning around will add a few minutes onto your trip time, but it will definitely add on less time than a truck accident would!
The Best Way to Exit a Freeway in a Truck
To properly exit a freeway next time you’re in your truck, make sure to always:
- Give yourself enough time and notice to get over. Always pay attention to what exit number you are looking for and the exit numbers leading up to it
- If you have a GPS, listen for it to announce your exit ahead or adjust the settings so that it alerts you with at least 2 miles’ worth of space to get over multiple lanes
- Signal with your truck
- Look over your shoulder and check your mirrors as you get over any lanes necessary to get to the exit
- Signal your intent to exit the freeway at least 5 seconds before you actually exit, especially if you are in a large truck
- Make sure that you are driving an appropriate speed for leaving the freeway and merging onto a slower exit
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