Space Management


Managing the space around the truck is a challenging task. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash. 

Recognize the Hazards


  • Blind spots
  • Traffic congestion
  • School zones
  • Construction zones
  • Intersections/turning
  • Highway merge points
  • Shipper/receiver facilities
  • Truck stops
  • Public parking areas
  • Poor visibility
  • Slippery road conditions 

Personal behaviors

  • Driving distracted
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding/driving too fast for conditions
  • Making frequent lane changes
  • Not paying attention to the road ahead
  • Driving while ill or fatigued

Know the Defense

Maintain one lane

  • Avoid frequent lane changes

Observe proper speed for conditions

  • Drive 2-3 mph slower than the flow of traffic, and do not exceed the posted speed limit
  • Adjust speed for hazards present

Avoid distractions

  • Put away cell phones, food, drink, etc.
  • Program GPS or other devices before driving
  • Resolve personal/work issues before driving

Be attentive to the road ahead

  • Look for slowing or stopped traffic
  • Make only quick glances to mirrors and road signs

React properly to hazards

  • Use the "Lean and Look" technique
  • Get out and look before backing
  • If vehicle behind is tailgating you, increase your following distance to allow more reaction time

Maintain proper following distance

  • Keep a minimum of six seconds behind the vehicle in front of you
  • Add one additional second for each hazard present

Yield right of way

  • Slow down for merging traffic or if being tailgated


The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively. To see what additional resources Great West Casualty Company can provide for its insureds, please contact your Safety Representative, or click below to find an agent.


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