We all know that semi-trucks are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road. After all, the sheer size and weight of these trucks compared to passenger cars makes them hazardous to the health of drivers and passengers in the event of an accident. However, there are a number of truck drivers who may not realize how dangerous the vehicles they operate can be. They may be driven by myths about how semi-trucks are different and that the safety rules that apply to passenger cars may not necessarily apply to them.
This post will debunk a few of those myths.
Myth: Truck drivers can drive faster than cars in bad weather – The truth is that excessive speed increases the risk of an accident when roads are wet or icy. So while the additional weight a truck has may help with traction occasionally, truckers should reduce their speed just like other drivers when conditions deteriorate.
Myth: Other drivers should know about “no zones”, so there’s no need to check – Just because drivers know about truckers’ blind spots does not mean that they will actually stay out of them. Because of this, truckers must check their blind spots before making lane changes.
Myth: Truckers are used to getting only a few hours sleep, so they can safely drive when tired – The truth is that drowsy truckers are a danger to everyone on the road. Studies indicate that drivers who are behind the wheel after being awake for more than 18 hours have the same reaction time as a driver who has a .18 blood alcohol level.