Do Driver Training programs, & states’ Rules of the Road books, cover the dangers of truck underride?

I was driving to Raleigh/Durham today and, shortly after I merged onto 64, a car passed me and then immediately proceeded to get back into the right lane–squeezing in front of a car and directly behind a tractor-trailer. Within less than 1/2 a mile, all three vehicles exited.

Why couldn’t the driver have waited patiently behind me and then exited?! An underride crash could so easily have occurred.

Do driver education programs teach about the dangers of truck underride? Maybe every written driver’s test should contain a question related to the avoidance of Death by Underride (when it is within one’s control).

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