A lot of families have suffered the loss of a loved one due to traffic accidents involving commercial trucks. Crashes involving large trucks are devastating to occupants of other vehicles and even to pedestrians witnessing such accidents.
Driving huge machines is difficult and it takes someone who is skilled in operating such vehicles to get them moving. While most commercial truck drivers are capable of handling their trucks, there are still some drivers who are not adequately trained with safety concerns, driving techniques, and defensive driving.
Many trucks travel at dangerously high speeds because drivers are rushing to meet tight delivery schedules. Imagine the force of a huge heavy truck speeding on the highway smashing into an ordinary car. The impact is just fatal. This is precisely the reason why limiting trucks to reasonable speeds is necessary to make the highways safer. Though trucks are vital to the economy, it is still necessary to regulate their operation.
Speed is not the only issue concerning truck accidents. Stress and fatigue due to working very long hours can lessen the truck driver’s perceptiveness on the road. The driver’s behavior is crucial in maintaining road safety.
The choices a driver makes once he gets behind the wheel of his truck can save other people’s life or even his own. Responsible driving means making sure that his truck doesn’t have any mechanical or electrical problems before he gets it on the highway. It means not using his cell phone or doing other things that may take his attention away from the road. It also means giving enough space in between his truck and the other surrounding vehicles.
Car drivers should keep away from huge trucks in areas where truck drivers have limited visibility, such as too close beside the truck or behind it. Some car drivers also tend to change lanes instantly. The truck driver will have difficulty in slowing down or stopping his truck to avoid hitting that car due to the size of the truck and weight of his cargo.
Car drivers must also avoid driving between large trucks, or swerve instantly into traffic, ultimately a truck will try to brake quickly. There are a lot more unsafe acts committed by car drivers in the vicinity of trucks, but all of them sum up to irresponsible driving. Thinking that we can get away with passing a large truck by increasing speed just because we’re driving a smaller car is not entirely right. It can only work if done correctly and safely without compromising yourself and others.