What Every Trucker Wishes Drivers Knew Already

By Anthony K

The road accommodates cars of different sizes and weights. Driving a commercial truck sounds fun but may deliver unpleasant results if involved drivers don’t take adequate precautions. A truck driver may believe that the information below can help all drivers make roads safer.

1. They need time to accelerate

Trucks may need more time to accelerate to highway speeds than smaller automobiles. The time to full acceleration may be linked to the weight in tow and engine quality. Drivers can avoid misfortunes by allowing the truck to accelerate first before following suit.

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2. They miss honking

Hooting may be the easiest and most enjoyable part of being behind the wheels.

Some truck drivers enjoy honking the horn when one mimics pulling the air horn as they break the monotony of driving over long distances. Drivers shouldn’t be irritated by the noisy truck horns.

3. They make wide turns

Some trucks measure up to 65 meters hence the need for a large space when making a turn. A truck will need more than a single lane to make a successful turn.

Drivers are advised to keep their distance and allow the truck to make a successful turn instead of squeezing around them.

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4. They are unable to make immediate stops

Most passenger vehicles weigh 3,000-4,000 pounds, while a big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The extra weight makes it unable for the truck to make an immediate halt at highway speeds.

5. They have blind spots on all sides

Most trucks are long and may block a driver from getting a clear view of the road and other vehicles. The length and width create blind spots on all sides of the truck and improve the possibility of running into pedestrians and other motorists when overtaking a truck.