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IDOT officials warn drivers to use extra caution around big trucks

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While you're driving on the highway, transportation leaders are urging you to be extra careful while sharing the road with semis.

New data shows in 2011, about 10,000 crashes occurred in Illinois involving big trucks.

IDOT officials say many of those accidents were caused by drivers of smaller cars not driving carefully around semis.

"Do not make sudden lane changes or stops with big trucks immediately behind or near your vehicle, and especially give big trucks room and time to change lanes to make turns, enter the freeways and to stop," said Illinois Secretary of Transportation, Ann Schneider.

Dennis Remiger has been a truck driver for 13 years, and says he's seen drivers do anything from text and drive, to drink and drive.

He says he's frustrated with the lack of caution drivers of small cars use around big trucks.

"Every minute we're behind the wheel, it feels like we're babysitting the general public and cars. It's actually a babysitting job! We've got to be aware of what's in front of us on the side of us, and even in the rear of us, and it's getting worse and worse every day," said Remiger.

Remiger says he would like to see Drivers-Ed classes include a course specifically on how to drive with semis on the highway.

 

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