While driving in Virginia, it’s important to pay special attention whether you are a truck driver yourself, or sharing the roads with them. According to Forbes, in 2015, there were over 400,000 crashes involving large trucks. These crashes resulted in 116,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths.
This represents an increase of 4 percent from the prior year, prompting lawmakers and manufacturing companies to work harder to tackle the issue. In the interim, there are simple tips you can follow to avoid truck accidents. Read on to learn more.
1. Installing safety technology
For new and smaller vehicles, features like lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking are standard features, but the same is not always true of trucks. This may soon change thanks to a 2017 study showing how installing these and other safety features has the potential to prevent about 63,000 crashes involving trucks, each year.
2. Avoid blind spots
Six in 10 Americans feel less safe passing large commercial trucks on the road than regular passenger vehicles. This is not surprising considering the many blind spots on a truck. A good way to stay out of a driver’s blind spot while in the neighboring lane is to look at the side mirror on the driver’s side; if you cannot see the driver, you are not visible, either.
3. Do not follow closely
Following a truck closely is dangerous for two reasons. The first is that you are now in their blind spot and the second is that they may roll back before moving forward, even if you do not notice you are on an incline. It is also important for trucks not to follow smaller cars too closely, since smaller vehicles have a much shorter stop time.
These bits of advice are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to preventing truck accidents. However, as simple as they are, they tackle some of the main reasons truck accidents are claiming lives across America. Take care on the roads and drive responsibly.
Please note that this information is purely for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.