Most experienced passenger car drivers know the importance of driving friendly and allowing large trucks and big rigs extra room when they’re trying to pass on Texas highways. After all, these large vehicles often weigh “20-30 times as much as passenger cars.” However, even the big rig drivers must exercise great caution since their drivers can also suffer serious or fatal injuries when they encounter other large trucks on the road.
In an effort to help all Texas drivers trying to avoid the added dangers of driving near big rigs and large trucks, our firm has set forth standard safety guidelines below.
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Here’s some basic safety information about driving near large trucks and big rigs that can help you drive as conservatively as possible when they’re near you on the road.
Useful Facts/Safety Tips Regarding the Best Ways to Drive Near Big Rigs/Large Trucks
- Average Length of an 18-Wheeler. One reason it takes these trucks so long to come to a complete stop is that they’re usually about 70-80 feet long. Their length also makes it very hard for others to pass them safely;
- Most 18-Wheelers are Close to 13 Feet Tall. When a truck stands roughly 13 and ½ feet tall, even with great rear-view and side mirrors, it’s hard for the driver to see what’s happening on all sides of the vehicle;
- How Much Time it Takes Some Large Trucks/Big Rigs to Stop. It can take 40% longer for a big rig to stop than a regular passenger vehicle. In other words, it “can take a fully loaded rig the length of three football fields to come to a complete stop from 60mph.” Unfortunately, a fair number of states now allow all vehicles to travel at much faster speeds out on many open roads;
- Don’t Forget That Most Trucks/Big Rigs Make Wide Turns. If you see one of these big vehicles trying to turn at a busy intersection, make sure you don’t block its path;
- Jack-Knife Accidents. All drivers fear these often deadly types of accidents that can occur once trailer wheels start skidding and moving faster than the truck cab. Icy and wet roads pose special challenges for drivers trying to avoid these types of accidents;
- Yielding the right-of-way. Far too often, passenger car drivers assume that fast-moving truck and big rig drivers are simply being rude when trying to pass others quickly. However, they’re usually just trying to meet deadlines to keep their jobs. Always try to simply yield to these larger vehicles without trying to analyze why they’re making certain choices;
- Give large trucks and big rigs plenty of room. Don’t make the mistake of tailgating these huge vehicles or traveling too close in nearby lanes. The drivers often can’t see you and it’s foolish to take risks near them;
- When accidents with large trucks and big rigs occur, their drivers are often the only ones to survive. Once you can accept this fact, it becomes much easier to make good conservative choices about sharing the road;
- Keep your windshield wiper blades – and the rest of your car -- in top condition. Be sure you also have deep tire treads and thick brake pads;
- Avoid driving late at night. Although new laws have tried to stop many companies from rewarding truck drivers who stay on the road for endless hours without taking breaks, you don’t want to be out there when most drivers are often very tired. Also, drunk drivers are usually out in large numbers after midnight;
- Don’t forget that truckers often have many “blind” spots and don’t always use their signals. Try staying far away from big rigs and trucks whenever you can. If you must drive near them, give them the same latitude you would cars being driven by young teens on their cell phones;
- Stay humble regarding your own driving choices. Be aware that some statistics indicate that when accidents occur between passenger vehicles and large trucks/ big rigs, the passenger car drivers may be at fault as often as 72% of the time.
You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Be sure to request your FREE consultation.