In a number of our posts, we have highlighted the dangers that semi-truck pose to the driving public. Indeed, truck drivers are specially trained to handle the largest vehicles on the road, but there are a number of myths that are prevalent that could lead to truck accidents. Through this post, we will highlight these myths and the truths that dispel them.
Myth: Truck drivers don’t need seatbelts – The truth is that truck drivers, like drivers and passengers in cars, need to wear their seatbelts. Even though a truck driver is not likely to be crushed when involved in an accident, he or she still runs the risk of being thrown from the vehicle. Because of this, truckers must wear their seatbelts.
Myth: Truck drivers are capable of driving fast in bad weather – The truth is that excessive speed increases the risk of an accident in ideal weather conditions, and that risk increases when road conditions deteriorate. So when roads are wet or packed with snow or ice, truckers must reduce their speed just like everyone else.
Myth: Other drivers know to stay out of blind spots, so there’s not need to check – The truth is that other drivers will drive in truckers’ blind spots, despite knowing the dangers of doing so. Because of this, truckers must check their blind spots before making lane changes. Failing to do so could result in catastrophe.
Myth: Truckers can get by with little sleep since they are used to it – The truth is that drowsy truckers are a danger to everyone on the road. In fact, driving while awake after 18 hours or more is like driving with a .18 blood alcohol level.