Being careful on the road by using turn signals, not speeding, and driving more cautiously in the dark or in bad weather, comes logically to most drivers. What takes a little more thought is realizing that we have to adapt our driving habits around bigger vehicles like 18-wheelers.
I found that out on my recent trip to Laredo. 18-wheelers are really different than your average compact car. They have bigger blind spots, take longer to slow down and speed up, and they have almost 5 times the number of tires than a car. On my trip an 18-wheeler had a huge blow out and had I not kept the distance I had, the shredded tire would have smacked my windshield and possibly cracked or broken it. The driver of the 18-wheeler would have had no clue because of his blind spot. I am lucky, but don’t press your luck just keep your distance and be ready to drive defensively.