Take a quick look at the video below of a recent accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Remarkably, the driver who took this dash cam video was not injured.
Summer is fast approaching; a time when many folks are out and about, working, or on vacation, and traversing the interstate. We’ve all experienced that nervous feeling as we pass a large truck, or it passes us.
- Does the truck driver see me?
- Am I too close?
- What if the truck changes lanes suddenly?
Here are some easy, helpful tips to keep you safe:
- Pay attention, treat trucks differently than you would cars: Large trucks cannot change speed or brake nearly as quickly as a car. Anticipate and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the truck.
- Stay visible to the truck: no tailgating, no passing in the blind spot. If you cannot see the truck driver’s face in his side mirror, he cannot see you either.
- Signal, signal, signal: Use your directional signals early and often when passing a truck. And be aware of the trucks signals too, as he may be switching lanes as you approach.
- Rain, snow, wind: trucks are big, heavy vehicles. But they are just as affected in adverse conditions and once off kilter, are very challenging to recover. Be very aware in poor weather conditions.
- You get a flat or need to pull to the side of the road for an urgent matter: Exit fully out of the lane of traffic and please double check for oncoming vehicles before exiting out the vehicle.
- Road rage: do we really need to address this? Yes. Engaging in any form of road rage is dangerous, and illegal. That danger only magnifies when a truck is involved…enough said.
- Expect the unexpected: be alert, do not be distracted (put the darn phone down), and be a patient driver… it may save your life.
Enjoy the summer days ahead, be safe and sound…