Gr Trucking | Concrete Recycling | Material Trucking | Sacramento
Gr Trucking has a fleet of large trucks that move material from point A to point B. Our trucks are very different from your typical car but they share the same roads. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and sometimes trucks like ours are involved. Today we are going to give you tips on how to safely drive when you are around large trucks.
To begin, please give trucks extra space. Driving close to a large truck puts you at greater risk of being hurt by sudden stops, tire blowouts, or roll overs. Cars are advised to keep a three second following distance but when you are following a truck we advise you to keep a four to five second following distance.
Also, do your best to stay out of the truck’s blind spot. Blind spots are tricky in cars but they are even trickier in large trucks. The right side is the largest blind spot for a truck driver. This blind spot sometimes blocks their view of three or more lanes. Other areas of concern include directly in front of the cab and behind the trailer. Do your best to stay out of these zones.
Lastly, please be a defensive driver especially around large trucks. Always be on alert. Trucks do not move the same as other vehicles on the road. Their brakes work differently, steering is more difficult to control because of the weight, and wind is a greater factor compared to cars with a lower center of gravity. Pay attention to things like location, traffic flow, signals, and weather especially around trucks so you can anticipate potential problems and have plenty of time to safely change course if necessary.
There is always a risk when you get behind the wheel and when large trucks get involved the risk is even greater. Give trucks the extra space, stay out of their blind spots, and never get too comfortable. Stay safe and drive carefully during these unforgiving storms!