As a driver, you know the road rules, the laws that any vehicle operator needs to know in order to stay safe. But as a truck driver, someone driving a much larger vehicle than others on the road, these rules suddenly get much more important. Here are a few things that are different as a bigger truck on the interstate.
Big rigs already have a longer stopping time than other vehicles because of extra weight and length but this is increased significantly on interstates with higher speed limits. Many interstate drivers cruise along at speeds upwards of 80 MPH, making it even harder to come to a complete stop in a short amount of time. This, of course, heightens reaction times and lessens the ability to calmly and efficiently react to an incident. Should a smaller car cut off a bigger truck, that semi might not be able to stop in time to avoid a disastrous collision.
Many smaller cars feel intimidated by bigger trucks. It’s likely that they’ll pass (on the left is safest so be sure to stick to the right lane) instead of hanging out in a blind spot but when they do linger, a truck driver needs to be aware. Knowing what surrounding your vehicle is an important part being a driver but it’s even more so as a big rig driver.
Inclement weather on an interstate is a scary situation for passenger vehicles but adding a big rig into the mix is overwhelming for all. As a truck driver, remember to stay to the right and slow down when the weather gets bad. this could save you and other people on the road from a rough accident.
As a truck driver, you simply need to be aware of your surroundings, taking into account where other vehicles are and how they might react and be prepared. You’re just as welcome on the road as any other driver so drive as safely as you can and watch for any hazards. That’s the best you can do to be a great truck driver!