How to Drive Safely When There are Trucks on the Road in Wintertime

Nov 18, 2019 10:14 AM EST | Staff Reporter

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How to Drive Safely When There are Trucks on the Road in Wintertime
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Driving in winter conditions are not the best for all vehicles. This concern deals with how to drive when trucks are nearby. All drivers must share the road with everyone, thus it is courtesy and safety needed. Learning how to drive safely on the roads. It is important should there be trucks in close vicinity.

Driving in winter conditions are not the best for all vehicles. This concern deals with how to drive when trucks are nearby. All drivers must share the road with everyone, thus it is courtesy and safety needed. Learning how to drive safely on the roads. It is important should there be trucks in close vicinity. Especially drivers of smaller vehicles, even SUVS need to be careful around them!

Big rigs, snowplows, and varieties of 8 to 10-wheelers plus are driven differently. Having trailers slinging behind them, or box vans have different fields of view. Especially, the visibility they have is not the same as cars! If conditions take a turn for the worse. What lies behind them, will need to be extra careful navigation around these big vehicles.

Many accidents and pileups begin when cars miscalculate around bigger trucks. Smaller cars are not so lucky at times. You can drive an SUV, but it will be a bit better though fewer degrees. Knowing how a car behaves in the snowy or icy road is the answer.

Understanding the physics of a transport truck is a key place to start. Here is everything relevant about it.
1. Trucks take longer to stop and slow down.

    Car drivers should adjust speed because trucks will slow down slower than usual.

2. Their heavier weight affects the way it moves.

 Greater mass will affect how the tractor head will move, with its trailer. Trucks will have a long and massive truck bed. Better keep distance, and only pass when safe enough.

3. Different braking methods affect how these vehicles operate.

 A truck's air brakes will take seconds longer to kick in. Drivers in a smaller vehicle should keep their foot on the brake. Not on the throttle, which is dangerous that could lead to a collision.

4. Shifting weight from the front, to the rear, is very dangerous.

 When the weight shifts to the rear which will cause the trailer to stop moving in a straight line. This also involves the tractor head in a balance tug of war.

What to do, when around trucks and how to go around them safely.
1. Scrape off the ice and snow for better visibility when driving. What cannot be seen is very dangerous. Always have 100% percent visibility when driving in the wintertime.

2. Be sure that passing is done safely, and nothing is coming towards you. Check if you can see his side-view mirrors. He should see you, and you see him for a safe pass.

3. Never attempt an overtake if the allowance of safe distance is too short. Do not attempt at a short distance.

4. Truck mud flaps will cause a spray, avoid the spray from hitting the car's windows. Never move to close alongside a truck.

5. Never cut off a truck because the driver might not see you. Even if he can, that is dangerous more, so avoid it.

6. Go faster when in the clear, not slower. The wind from the truck can be dangerous.

Do all these when driving around big trucks in wintertime. Take more caution that usual or have regrets later on. Safe driving.

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