Safe Driving Tips: Speed, Turns and Curves

Mar 27, 2015 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

3/27/2015

Reminder of the week.

Safe Driving Tips: Speed

Speed plays an important role in driving a large truck. Professional truck drivers who practice safe driving do not drive so fast that they cannot safely stop their vehicles without being involved in a collision. Remember: it takes you longer to accelerate and longer to brake a large truck than a car.

Always slow-down in work zones, but don’t hang back to try to impede other vehicles with the size of yours.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration addresses the issue of driving too fast for conditions.

It is one of numerous Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) web-based driving tips.

Furthermore, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is the #1 factor involved in fatal large truck crashes.

 

Safe Driving Tips: Turns and Curves

 Professional truck drivers who practice safe driving remember to slow down in turns (including entrance and exit ramps on major roads). Oftentimes, the posted speed limit on ramps is geared for smaller vehicles, not high-profile trucks. Failure to slow down sufficiently can lead to rollover accidents.

·         Ramp speed limits are geared for cars, not heavy trucks.

·         When approaching a ramp, drivers of big trucks must adjust their speed.

·         When speed is properly reduced, the truck’s tires maintain contact with the road at all times.

·         When speed is not properly reduced the truck’s tires will lose contact with the road.

·         A rollover accident is inevitable!

·         So slow down!

Whenever you are entering a curve in the road, you may need to slow down. You will definitely need to slow down whenever you negotiate a turn. We have seen a large truck turned over at the entrance ramp to an interstate because the driver took the turn too fast.

Rollover accidents can happen for numerous reasons including taking a curve too fast, overcompensating to get back on the road when your tires slip off the road, and high winds.

Allow for distance and speed of other vehicles when making a turn across traffic or into the path of oncoming traffic. Never try to outrun an oncoming train at a railroad crossing.

Thank You! Be Safe out There! 

Klemens Kuqi 

Compliance Manager