Maintaining a Safety Cushion with Large Vehicles As stated previously, trucks and buses need more maneuvering room and stopping distance than small vehicles. A good safety strategy is to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the larger vehicle, especially in these situations: If you are driving in front of a truck, keep your speedup so you maintain a safe distance in front of the truck. Always indicate your intention to turn or change lanes early enough for the driver of the truck or bus to prepare for your maneuver. Avoid sudden moves, slowdowns or stops. Don’t cut in front of a truck or bus. You can remove the driver’s cushion of safety. When following a truck or bus, it is a good idea to add more following distance. If rain or water is standing on the road, spray from a truck passing you, or the truck you are trying to pass, will seriously reduce your vision. You should move as faraway from the truck as you can, while staying in your lane. Don’t drive too close to trucks that are transporting hazardous materials, since they make frequent stops, such as railroad crossings.