We know that accidents involving truckers are a pretty big issue and we quite a lot of articles to try to prevent them. Unfortunately the Truckers pretty much always get the blame, even when it may be that a motorist with which they have collided has caused the accident through sheer recklessness or ignorance of how to drive when in the proximity of large trucks.
So just for a change here is some advice for motorists when driving near trucks and something that our Truckers can read and share with those who might need to read it. It is also a good idea for Truckers to know these things because prevention of an accident can often be avoided through anticipation of what the motorist near you will do.
So, what are some of these points of advice that Truckers need to give to motorists?
Visibility is key
Motorists should always realise that trucks have more blind spots than their vehicles, so it is essential to remain visible to the Truck Driver at all times. Remember the Trucker can warn you of imminent danger, but only if he knows you are there. Can you see the Truck Driver in their side mirror? Good, cause then they can see you!
Don’t drive up close when behind
Tailgating is the worst form of not being visible and has other dangers too. If you are too close and a truck brakes suddenly you can go under it – or even when you are stopped, if a truck suddenly rolls back you will get crushed.
Don’t pass a truck unless you are sure they can see you clearly. Don’t pass on a downhill when they are picking up speed. Anticipate the length of a truck before passing when there is oncoming traffic – and in the unlikely event that they are trying to pass you, don’t get offended, move over and let them pass just as you expect them to when you want to pass them.
One of the reasons that so many trucks are involved in accidents is because motorists generally get impatient with the slower moving vehicles and the frustration turns to dangerous and reckless driving.
Just one typical example is passing quickly and cutting straight back in front of the truck. Remember a truck’s braking distance is far greater than yours – so just don’t do it!
Anticipate wide turns
Trucks have a far wider turning circle than any motor vehicle, so once again have some patience when a truck is turning and don’t try to cut between them and the curb.
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Although FAW build trucks by South Africans for Africans and trucks are our passion, we do care about all our motorists. We hope this has been useful advice to everyone, especially as we are nearing that time when we will be getting busy on the roads for the holidays.
Watch out for our next article on ‘tips for trucking safely in holiday traffic’ and in the meantime make sure you are buying the very best Freight carrier, Truck tractor, Tippers or Mixers by finding a dealer near you to check out our great range of new and premium owned vehicles.
Contact us to find out more about us and our full range of after-sales services too. Stay alert and stay safe!