Taking Caution When Trucks Make Wide Right Turns

Why Do Trucks Make Wide Right Turns? The Big (Rig) Question

Trucks have to make wide right turns because of no visibility and “off-tracking” of the trailer. Let’s talk about what these mean.

No Visibility

When an 18-wheeler makes a tight right turn, their convex mirror is obstructed. Not good. This is not as much of an issue when making a left turn, however, as the driver is on the left side and can look out their window.

Truckers need to be able to see well to turn right!
Truckers need to be able to see well to turn right!

Off-Tracking of Trailer

During a right turn, a truck’s trailer (back part) does not follow the path of its tractor (front part). The trucker needs to correct for this by turner wider so that they don’t hit the curb, or worse, a pedestrian.

Hopefully you won't see a truck on a mountain like this.
Hopefully you won’t see a truck on a mountain like this.

How Do Truckers Warn About Wide Right Turns?

Because truckers need a lot of space to make that turn, they must signal 100 ft before doing so. Additionally, all trucks must display a warning sign that lets you know about wide right turns. But you’re so informed now that you don’t even need that.

You know allllll about wide right turns.
You know allllll about wide right turns.

Moral of the story: Be courteous to trucks and cautious of wide right turns. Accidents can occur if a trucker doesn’t see you, so you need to give them plenty of space to hang a right.

Make sure to check out the rest of our safe driving videos for more tips to keep you in control on the road!