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5 Ways to Avoid Freeway Truck Accidents

The telltale sign of a sea of brake lights obstructing your front view is almost always an indication that there has been an accident. This realization is usually followed by the self-gratifying thought, "Thank goodness it wasn't me." However, sometimes we are the one involved and it is never pleasant and always harrowing not matter how minor or major. There are a few strategies that drivers can utilize to help avoid these sickening driving incidences.

Be Observant

 

Often time we find ourselves looking strictly in front of us and strictly at the car in front of us. When this occurs, we aren't seeing a complete driving environment image. Look beyond the car in front of you. Also, try to remember that cars are supplied with mirrors for a reason. As a general rule, it's a good idea to check your mirrors every three to six seconds.

Use the Three Second Rule


In a driving crisis, it takes the average person three seconds to perceive a hazard, decide on a response, and respond to a hazard. As a result, stay three seconds behind the car in front of you. When they pass a stationary object, by the third second, you should pass the same object. 

Give Trucks Space

One of the surest ways to avoid truck accidents is to give them as much space as is possible and reasonable. Remember that large trucks have to make wide turns. Remember that the bigger the truck the bigger the blind spot. If you can't see their face in the side view mirror, odds are they can't see you. 

Look Twice and Check your Blind Spots

This is a simple rule that most of us are taught from a young age. Before you make a turn, change lanes, or whatever the situation may be, look twice. For example, right, left, and right again. Also, always check your blind spots. Even larger vehicles can sneak into these areas. To create a little extra security, check those blind areas twice.

Be Courteous

 
We all know that unexplained, competitive feeling that seeps through our bodies when we get behind the wheel. Remember that your agenda and lack of courtesy could cost another person a great price. Driving is not a competition and it is everyone's personal responsibility to keep themselves and other drivers safe. 



Implementing any or all of these driving strategies is a great way to ensure you aren't involved in an accident while traveling or commuting. Getting to a destination safely should be the top priority of every driver.

 

References

Keep Trucking Safe

Dolman Law Group

Truck Safety Coalition

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Tags: accidents, driver, safety, truck

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