Most truck drivers are well-versed in safety matters, having received safety training at some point, either in driving school, at the companies they´ve worked for, or online. They take the responsibility of their profession seriously. The issue is that not all drivers know or take it seriously, which should put us on alert. Unfortunately, it´s common to see drivers of private vehicles (small cars), motorcycles, and other vehicles recklessly maneuvering among trucks or dangerously cutting in front of them. Most are unaware that these large vehicles require much more distance to come to a stop, leading to many accidents involving trucks, resulting in fatalities.
When we talk about braking distance, many factors come into play. The first is reaction time, the time it takes from detecting danger to reacting, estimated at 1.5 seconds. Truck drivers have the advantage of driving large, tall vehicles, allowing them to anticipate danger. The heavier the load, the more significant the space needed to come to a stop. Care must also be taken when descending slopes as weight increases acceleration.
Weather conditions on the road significantly affect us, and we must respect them. Driving in rain, snow, or ice requires extra attention. Checking our brakes thoroughly is crucial. Please do so in every inspection before and after driving. Brakes can save your life. Don´t take risks. Don´t say, "It can endure another round," as it could cost you dearly and be your last.
We advise those who don´t drive trucks to exercise caution when driving near one. These are very large vehicles, and there are blind spots where the driver may not see you. Avoid driving in the driver´s blind spot (if you can´t see the driver in the mirror, they can´t see you either). Maintain a safe distance when driving behind a truck. Stay alert to drivers making dangerous maneuvers or recklessly leaving the road. Avoid abruptly merging in front of a truck. Have a Plan B if you find yourself driving near a truck, and remember to leave truck braking distance so they have time to react, stop, and prevent an accident.
Have a safe and blessed day.
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