Sharing the road with semitrailers can be a formidable task if you’re traveling in a passenger vehicle. With so many people reducing their trips to the store this past year, shipping and deliveries have expanded to an unprecedented level. It’s common to find that many more trucks are operating on the highways and interstates currently, so it’s more important than ever to recognize the signs of reckless truck driving.
Recognizing the danger signs on the road
Driving regulations and industry standards hold truck drivers to a higher driving standard than passenger vehicle drivers and commuters. Most modern trucks have governors for maintaining certain speed limits and maximum time requirements for how long they can operate on the road. Here are some of the behaviors to look out for on the road:
Tailgating: A semitrailer truck requires so much space to come to a complete halt. Its weight creates a great deal of momentum that may be augmented by the road’s gradient and environmental factors like recent rain or ice. If a truck is tailgating a vehicle, attempting to coerce it to change lanes, this practice can easily result in catastrophic results.
Passing: The length of a truck’s cargo means that it might have significant blind and ‘no zones’ where there may be zero visibility. These conditions provide challenges for drivers to make sure a lane is clear of other drivers before merging or changing lanes to pass a vehicle. Given the tenuous nature of lane changes, truck drivers need to signal and give drivers time to clear the area before switching lanes.
Swerving and drifting: These driving errors could be a sign of distracted driving. Even professional truck drivers are susceptible to the kind of distractions that other drivers experience. This hazard, combined with the fatigue of long hauls and lack of sleep can be a deadly scenario for a vehicle collision.
Protect yourself on the road
The size differences between passenger vehicles and semi-trucks means that collisions can easily become deadly. Unfortunately, a collision with a semitrailer is much more likely to result in catastrophic injuries for the passenger vehicle occupants. You must take steps to recognize these hazards on the road.