On the surface, garbage trucks seem harmless. Little kids love playing with garbage truck toys, wearing garbage truck shirts, and watch cartoons about garbage trucks. However, the sobering fact of the matter is that garbage trucks are extremely large vehicles with the potential to be extremely dangerous to the very same young child who is so enamored by them.
Knowing the dangers posed by garbage trucks will help you to avoid a tragedy. The first thing to look out for is that garbage trucks have large blind spots. The blind spots are the largest directly behind the truck and on the drivers left. These large, unweildly vehicles block the driver's view and make it all the more important for you to be aware of where garbage trucks are and what they are doing.
The second thing to look out for is the wide turns taken by these trucks. Just like other large vehicles, garbage trucks make wide turns. If your vehicle is next to a turning garbage truck, make sure to be aware of the fact that the driver could possibly not see you resulting in a tragic truck accident.
Another thing to make sure you do is give garbage trucks plenty of cushion when driving behind them. Garbage trucks make frequent stops to collect garbage cans so it is important that you have a generous following distance when behind them.
In addition to making frequent stops, garbage trucks also can have garbage fall out of them onto the road. This make it even more important to leave plenty of space to react to pieces of trash falling onto the road.
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