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Sharing the Road

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Trucks and other large or slow vehicles

Watch your blind spots – the “No-Zones.” Large trucks have blind spots, or No-Zones, around the front, back, and sides of the vehicle. These No-Zones make it difficult for the driver to see you.

Give them room and expect their speed to be less than the posted speed limit, especially on steep hills.

School buses

Always be cautious around school buses and know when the law requires you to stop for one that is loading or unloading students. Vehicles behind a bus that is loading or unloading students must always stop. Opposing traffic only needs to stop if there are fewer than two lanes on both sides of the road.

Motorcycles

Always treat motorcycle operators with courtesy. Leave plenty of extra space between your vehicle and a motorcycle. Motorcycles can usually stop in shorter distances and may suddenly swerve to avoid obstacles. Before changing lanes, check to see if a motorcycle is in your blind spot or in the space where you plan to move. After you pass, look again before you move back into the other.

At intersections, motorcycles’ smaller size makes it difficult to judge their distance and speed, an oncoming motorcycle is probably much closer and coming much faster than it appears.

Work zones

Expect the unexpected. Follow the posted speed limit and pay attention. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you, and keep a safe distance between you and workers on or near the roadway.