Taking on a Semi-Truck can be Deadly

08.10.16 - Semi-Truck

We see these large vehicles on the road on a daily basis as they are heading to their destination with their load in tow. Many semi-trucks are equipped with the most advanced technology and most professional drivers we can ask for, but even though these experts are behind the wheel is no reason for you to challenge one in any way. Even though you should always give semis their space we see people who just don’t get it on a daily basis, with that in mind, let’s take a look at why you should avoid certain areas of driving when it comes to these large product haulers.

Bigger Means More Damage

Even though all the rules of the road are in place there’s only one rule that stands firm when it comes to semis versus any other vehicle on the road. Newton’s First Law of Motion is on the side of the truckers and not yours on the road, making it important for you to find ways to avoid these large vehicles as much as possible. There are safe places to drive when you see a semi-truck, which we will discuss as we move on.

More Tires Means More Failures

The tire treads you see along the highway that appear to be treads that have come off once belonged on a semi-truck. While the tread laying on the ground won’t do much damage at all to your car if it exploded next to you or in front of you and came flying at your vehicle you might end up with a massive piece of tire coming through your windshield causing more damage than you were prepared for when you began the drive. In order to avoid tire blowouts that can happen on a vehicle that’s loaded down and has eighteen wheels it’s important to give truckers a wide berth.

Longer Stopping Distance

Semi-truck have a safe stopping distance according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of 355-feet from sixty mph. Most of the vehicles on the road have a stopping distance from this speed of well under 100-feet making for a huge difference in the time and distance it takes to stop. Imagine if you’re driving right in front of a semi-truck and have to stop suddenly; most likely they aren’t going to have the room to stop properly if you cut them off in traffic, especially at higher speeds. The space a trucker puts in front of their rig isn’t for you, it’s so they can stop safely when the need arises.

Drivers at Work

The job of a truck driver is just that, their job. These professionals are at work and during their workday they encounter all kinds of drivers, most of whom don’t seem to understand how much space a trucker needs in order to do their job. If more of us would allow truckers to have the right of way and do their jobs easier they would certainly be able to handle their loads much better on the road and we can avoid accidents that could be prevented by just being a more patient driver.

Where should I drive near a semi-truck?

In reality if you are driving on the highway you should avoid these trucks altogether if you can. If you have to drive near them it’s a good idea to stay behind them several hundred feet, but if the need to pass is present you should get past them quickly in order to give them a safe and wide berth to do their jobs. By driving this way you can avoid ever having an accident with a semi-truck and if a tire blowout occurs you can react quickly to it and avoid damage to your vehicle.

Never should you cut a trucker off by getting right in front of them after passing them and you certainly shouldn’t drive next the them if you can avoid it. The farther you can be from a trucker on the road the better off you’ll be. They certainly will appreciate it and you can keep your vehicle safe from harm that could happen when you choose to drive next to or directly in front of a semi-truck on the highway.

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