The clothes your wear, the food you eat, the gas in your car, the furniture in your home the home itself will reveal that you rely on the trucking industry. So the next time you’re on the highway and you feel the need to pass a truck, think about this. Without trucks, life in general would be much more difficult. You couldn’t eat, or wear anything and you would live in a van down by the river. Yes you would be hungry, naked and still live in a van , down by the river!
Trucks are big and they drive fast and they sometimes drive recklessly but then so do most of us. We rely on the trucking industry to deliver everything. Did you just buy a flat screen TV? Guess what? It was delivered to the store in a truck. Some big trucks deliver to distribution centers that will off load to a smaller truck to deliver to you. It’s a system we all have to live with. Trucks will be on the road until someone devises and better delivery system.
The space near big trucks is dangerous. The following safety tips could be helpful to avoid an accident. Give the truck space. Don’t follow them to closely. You will not have the “big picture” to see potential dangers ahead and will lose important reaction time.
If passing a large truck, keep your speed consistent and continue to move ahead until you can see the headlights of the truck in your rearview mirror before moving back into the truck’s lane. Use your signals to indicate your intentions and don’t make your moves abruptly;
• Don’t drive in the blind spots of the truck driver.
• When overtaking a truck not drive next to the truck for prolonged periods.
• When a truck is passing, take your foot off the accelerator and allow it to pass fully.
• Do not pull in front of a truck when you may need to stop or slow down.
• If a truck is turning right they need more room to turn. They will often take more of the left lane. Don’t attempt to pass them on the right. Trucks weigh more than you do. In a collision with a truck a car will lose.
Drive safe around trucks. Your new flat screen could be on board.
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