With so many drivers on the roads today, the number of accidents has increased. Among the types of accidents that occur, car versus tractor-trailer collisions are among the worst. Like any car collision, personal injury due to tractor-trailer accidents can be reduced significantly by following a few safety tips.
There are several things that drivers can do to keep safe on the road. Some driver safety programs invite career truck drivers to speak to schools and community groups. These folks will even allow students to sit in the cab of the big rig to get a feel for what the driver sees in the mirrors.
People can see the limited visibility truckers actually have. Auto drivers often take for granted that a trucker is able to see them in their mirrors. The fact is, the blind spot can extend surprisingly far for the trucker.
Drivers can help keep the roads safe by making certain they are able to see the trucker’s face in the mirror. When you see the trucker in the mirror, the trucker is able to see you. It is important to move so you can see the driver’s face, to ensure you can be seen.
Never pass a big rig on the right. This is the trucks blind side. This blind area can stretch three car lanes wide and the entire length of the big rig. In addition, be sure you are able to see both the trucks headlights in your rear view mirror before moving into the lane in front of the big rig.
The weight of a fully loaded truck can be as much as the weight of twenty-five cars. This increased weight means a big rig needs a few hundred feet to stop completely. If you cut off a truck, you can be the cause of a serious crash, because the trucker will not be able to stop in time.
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