No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you will have to share the road with vehicles of a variety of sizes, ranging from small passenger cars (and even smaller motorcycles) to semi-trucks. Whether you are a semi-truck driver or you driver a smaller vehicle, part of keeping yourself and others safe on the road is understanding how to travel safely with semi-trucks on the road. Here are three tips to prevent semi-truck accidents.
Leave a Space Cushion
Semi-truck drivers need to make sure they leave a cushion of space around their semis. They need to be aware of other vehicles and other objects, making sure they are not too close to anything, including barriers on the sides of the road or other stationary objects. Leaving a cushion of space around a semi-truck is not entirely up to the truck driver, though. When passing a semi, do so quickly, reducing the amount of time you are in the driver’s blind spot. Allow the driver room at all times. Do not tailgate or cut the driver off.
Drive at a Safe Speed
Because it takes longer to stop a semi-truck than it does to stop smaller vehicles, it is important for semi-truck drivers to drive at a speed which will allow them to stop in time to avoid a crash. This may mean driving slower than other vehicles, especially in work zones, on freeways, or when weather conditions are dangerous. Of course, it is also important for other drivers to maintain a safe driving speed, whether on the road with semi-trucks or not.
While everyone should drive alert, it is especially important for those driving larger vehicles to make sure they are alert. This can be achieved by putting away any electronic distractions such as cell phones or GPS units. Getting enough sleep and eating healthy can also help to keep you alert. Whether you are a semi-truck driver or you drive a smaller vehicle, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and that your focus is on driving, not on other things.
Unfortunately, 98 percent of semi-truck accidents result in at least one fatality. If you or a family member was injured or killed in a semi-truck accident, one of our semi-truck accident lawyers can help you. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.