Share the Road
On the road, developing an unnoticed case of tunnel vision is fairly common. We’ve all been there; focusing only on your destination and how much time you have to get there. We view other people as “other cars”, and forget that driving 100km/h on the highway can make for a very messy crash. When truck drivers are on the roads, they’re trained to ensure the safety of everyone, but they need your help to do it.
According to one report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a whopping one-third of accidents between cars and large trucks occur because of no-zones. No-zones are truck driver’s blind spots where they can’t see cars around them. They are located closely behind, and on either side of the truck. One of the most important things to remember while sharing the road is to stay away from these blind spots, and ensure the driver can see you. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the truck driver in his mirror, assume he can’t see you. These blind spots aren’t the only reason large trucks need more space on the road. When making turns or passing a truck, it’s also important to give the drivers extra room. It’s always better for the truck to have extra room rather than not enough. Likewise, it’s important to know that a tractor/trailer needs at least 636 feet or 8.5 truck lengths to come to a complete stop. If you do pass a truck and have to unexpectedly hit your brakes, it can easily cause a rear-end collision!
Truck drivers may also drive slower than you’d prefer, but remember that they’re doing this to keep you safe! Truck drivers, just like you, have deadlines, time constraints, and busy days, but they’re also aware of the damage a transport truck can do when involved in an accident. The potential consequences for tailgating or unsafely passing a large truck just aren’t worth it! Work together on the road to get home safely.
Unsurprisingly, 20% of Canadian drivers reported that driving near a large transport truck makes them feel nervous or uncomfortable. It’s no secret that transport trucks can be intimidating, but knowing how to properly share the road with them makes all the difference. If there’s just one thing to remember from this article, it’s to be patient while sharing the road with our drivers. Remember that they have families just like you, and the most important thing is to get home safe.