SHARE THE ROAD
There is always a lot of talk about sharing the road with motorcyclists, and this is a very important topic, but people often forget to share the road with our semi-trailer drivers. Semi-trailers have numerous disadvantages on the road that many of us forget. Their blind spots are very difficult to work around. When you are on the road, always remain a safe distance between the tractor trailer. If you are behind a semi, and are unable to see their side view mirrors, they cannot see you either. Tractors are unable to accelerate and slow down as quickly as the average vehicle. They also must maintain specific speeds set out by state and federal guidelines, especially around uneven terrains. Weather is also a big factor in the driving of someone hauling a semi-trailer. Be patient when driving around a large trailer. It may take them a little longer to make an average maneuver, but nothing slows you down more than an accident or ticket. Tailgating a semi-trailer can result in avoidable accidents and injuries. A semi-trailer’s turning radius is wider than your car. Be sure to give a tractor trailer enough room to make turns at intersections. Never pass a tractor trailer unless it is in a designated passing zone. If you are at an intersection, remain behind the marked stopping location to allow the tractor trailer enough space to make its turn.
These simple tips can save a lot of time, frustration, money, and lives for both the average driver, and also our freight carriers. So please, share the road with our drivers out there. Remember, they are doing their job and helping out the economy by moving freight from point A to point B.
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