According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were over 300,000 truck accidents reported in 2012 alone. The impact of a truck accident can be devastating, but these tragedies can be avoided. Here are some important safety tips to keep you and your family safe on the roads:
Leave Enough Space
Cutting off other drivers is a dangerous move regardless of what vehicle they are driving, but it is especially dangerous when you cut off a truck. This is because heavier objects, like trucks, take longer to make a complete stop. Because it takes longer for these vehicles to brake, it is also important to avoid abrupt stops if you are in front of a truck.
Don’t Be in the Blind Spot
Truck drivers often use large mirrors to help them see around their vehicle. Although these mirrors are helpful, there are still blind spots. If a truck begins moving into your lane, they might not be aware of your presence. Be sure to honk if it is unsafe for the truck to continue to merge, because the driver may not be able to see your vehicle.
Watch Out for Falling Objects
Sometimes the contents of a truck are enclosed within a large shipping container, but other times they are simply held down by rope or other materials. Be sure to keep an eye out for any objects that may come off of the truck. If possible, avoid being behind a truck or other vehicle carrying loose objects.
Steer Clear of Rental Trucks
If you have ever driven a large rental truck to move furniture before, you already know that it can be different from driving a regular car. Most drivers behind the wheel of a rental truck have little to no previous experience with operating such a large vehicle. They are not familiar with the size, the steering, and other aspects of the truck, therefore it is best to stay out of their way.