When driving behind a garbage truck, stay a reasonable distance away from it. Garbage trucks make frequent stops. Additionally, workers may be hanging on to the back of the truck and debris could fly off the truck.
Stopped Garbage Trucks
Even temporarily stopped garbage trucks can be dangerous. Use extra caution when passing a parked garbage truck because the size of the truck gives drivers less visibility. Caution children to stay away from them and keep their hands in their own vehicle. The truck's moving parts can be dangerous and garbage trucks smell.
Passing Garbage Trucks
State laws vary, but in some states, a law requires drivers to slow down when driving around garbage trucks. Michigan passed this law to reduce the likelihood of drivers hitting garbage trucks. Some states also support a campaign encouraging drivers to slow down when passing garbage trucks.
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