Driving large vehicles can be a lot of fun, but it requires that you take a little bit more care with some activities that are much easier with a small vehicle. In fact, if you are upgrading to a much larger vehicle, you may want to consider taking a defensive driving class just to get a refresher in the basics of how to handle a vehicle safely. Here are three tips to make sure that your new, larger vehicle is a lot of fun and not a danger to anyone else on the road.
1. Blind Spot
You can pick up inexpensive blind spot mirrors and attach them to the side mirrors that are equipped on your vehicle. These make it much easier to see what’s alongside you when you’re changing lanes. A mirror, however, never replaces ahead check for making sure that the lane is clear. Having these mirrors on the vehicle can make a big difference when you’re trying to navigate tight city traffic.
2. Smaller Vehicles
When you’re driving a larger vehicle, smaller vehicles and especially motorcycles are much more at risk when they are anywhere around you on the road. Take extra time to make sure that the lanes are clear around you when you switch lanes and that the smaller vehicles coming toward you when you are making a left turn across their path of travel are not moving faster than they appear to be. A lot of motorcyclists get killed every year when drivers in large vehicles make turns in front of them.
Practice parallel parking on a residential street in your neighborhood for a while so you get the hang of doing it in a larger vehicle. If you’re driving a larger vehicle, you’ll have to learn how to use your mirrors to back up and to park, as you won’t have the same amount of vision to the side and rear of your vehicle as you would in a small passenger car. A little bit of practice will make this much easier when you are out in the city.
Big or small, every vehicle has the same right to the road. If someone has slammed into you in a large vehicle because they were driving recklessly, contact a Dallas auto accident lawyer to see about pressing a suit for negligence. A good vehicle accident lawyer may be able to get you compensated for your property damage and your injuries.