Considering how much bigger trucks are than the average car, it’s understandable to be a little bit nervous when driving near one. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucking accidents have increased in the last two decades by 20%. Nerves can be a common cause for mistakes, and some knowledge about what, exactly, causes truck accidents can lead to more confident and safe driving.
Hydroplaning while driving in snow, rain or ice can be very dangerous. Layers of water on the road’s surface can prevent a vehicle’s tires from contacting the surface, and this loss of friction may result in the driver’s inability to steer or to safely apply the brakes. In some cases, drivers completely lose control of their vehicles when they hydroplane. Hydroplaning can be even worse when vehicles have worn or under-inflated tires or tires that are improperly balanced. Vehicles that are driving too fast for the conditions along with trucks that are overloaded may also have higher risks of hydroplaning.
The behavior of some truckers has created several unappealing stereotypes about this industry. Although most drivers try to do the right thing, anyone can make a few mistakes that undermine professionalism. It’s important to take steps that enhance first impressions and promote trust. These tips help individual truckers succeed and improve public perceptions of the entire industry: