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Safely sharing the winter roads with large trucks

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

During the winter, Connecticut drivers must navigate numerous hazards to safely reach their destinations. From crowded roads to poor weather, drivers often face danger during even a simple trip. During the holiday season, however, many drivers feel intimidated when sharing the road with 18-wheelers, delivery vans and other large trucks.

A motor vehicle collision involving a large truck often results in devastating property damage and catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, there are numerous tips drivers of smaller passenger vehicles can follow to stay safe on the winter roads, including:

  • Increase following distance: On slippery, snowy roads, it is crucial that drivers increase their stopping distance when following a truck. A greater following distance gives the drivers of smaller passenger vehicles a better chance to slow down or change lanes to avoid a collision in bad weather.
  • Be aware of blind spots: Truck drivers must navigate with numerous blind spots. Drivers of passenger vehicles must be aware of these blind spots and avoid putting themselves in danger. A good rule of thumb is to avoid driving 10 feet behind the truck or on either side, just behind the cab. From blowing snow to lack of daylight, drivers should use caution when passing or driving near trucks.
  • Avoid passing trucks: Drivers can often become impatient when trying to get out of the bad weather, but speeding or attempting to pass a large truck on snow-covered roads can lead to disaster. It is important to remain patient and follow these vehicles at a safe distance.
  • Avoid distractions: Drivers often seek activities that help them pass the time while behind the wheel. Eating, making phone calls or personal grooming might all sound like a productive way to multitask, but these activities pull focus from the road.

Winter weather can create dangerous driving conditions. From the icy, snowy roads to strong wind and less daylight, highway drivers face numerous environmental concerns. These drivers must pay careful attention when sharing these winter roads with huge trucks to ensure a safe trip through crowded city streets and fast-moving highways.