If you've seen Stephen Spielberg's Duel, which centers around a man in his car engaged in a terrifying 90-minute struggle against a faceless, anonymous trucker with homicidal road rage, then you've already got this one in the bag. If you haven't seen it, you should do so ASAP, but hopefully you're still fully aware that 18 wheelers can do some serious damage if the driver loses control. Carrying payloads as high as 80,000lb, tractor trailers can take over five times longer than your car to come to a full stop. And while truck drivers have specialized training to control such behemoths, the most dangerous aspect is the one they can't control: four wheelers, i.e. you and me.
I checked with a couple of guys who earn their living driving trucks, and as you might imagine, there are lots of mistakes that careless drivers make when they're sharing the road with an 18 wheeler. Here's how to make sure you're not one of them.