Driving an eighteen-wheeler requires the driver to have a permit in the beginning until they work their way up to a class A license issued by the state. During their training, they will be taught all the safety precautions that go along with driving a large truck, including how to make wide turns, how to pass safely on the highway, and how much weight they are allowed to carry. The dangerous side of truck driving comes in when the driver is on the road with individuals in smaller cars who may not be aware of the precautions of driving next to a semi-truck. Even the simplest of things such as the wind speed and speed of the truck can become a danger to smaller vehicles.
Below is a List of What Truck Drivers Carry and The Importance of Safety:
Safety is a huge concern for lumber truck drivers as the lumber always sticks out further than the truck bed. Although there are laws on how far lumber can hang out, it can still be dangerous for distracted drivers on the road. Even if the lumber is secured tightly and bright orange safety flags are attached to the back, a driver can easily crash into the back or side of the truck causing the lumber to spill onto the road. The true devastation of this is when an accident occurs on the highway where there are more vehicles.
Food is distributed from state to state with tractor-trailer trucks which means there is a large amount of money invested in what the truck is carrying. All large trucks require trucking permits that help them navigate through required state and federal regulations before they hit the road.
Large trucks are known to make wide turns which means you need to stay a safe distance behind them when they are getting ready to make the turn. Staying too close could potentially cause you to crash into the side of the truck just when you think you were able to pass by safely. Keep in mind that the signs on the back of every truck are posted for a reason. These signs give you a number to call if you feel the truck driver is driving unsafe and also tells you to take caution when driving behind them.
Pulp trucks are known to carry some of the heaviest loads that an 18 wheeler can carry. There are state laws on the weight limit on the truck as well as how far the logs are sticking out the back end. For any trucks where the logs reach out over the truck, they are to place safety flags on both sides of the truck directly on the logs. This will help you and others see clearly how far the logs are from your vehicle. Also, keep in mind that trucks carrying heavier logs take longer to speed up and take turns. If you are driving behind them, patience is an absolute must.
Fuel trucks are the ones that carry the most dangerous loads across the United States. It is important to take all cautions necessary when driving behind or beside these trucks as one crash can lead to a very devasting situation. Not only will the fuel contaminate the entire area, but it could cause a massive explosion if any sparks touch the fuel. Before you go ahead and speed past a fuel truck or drive to close to the rear end, keep in mind that you are not only putting your life in danger but everyone else on the road too.
Driving next to a semi-truck in a smaller vehicle means that you need to give the road your absolute undivided attention. Vehicles such as fuel trucks could cause a life-threatening situation if you do not take caution when the truck is slowing down or making a turn with you at their side. Always take into consideration the type of load the truck is carrying and how close you are to them on the highway. As their trucks often carry the maximum amount of weight, any type of auto accident could cause them to go off the road and roll over.
As you drive the highways of our country, do so safely and always give the semi-trucks the room that they need to do their job accident-free. It is easier for those in a smaller car to see the large trucks. Always drive with safety in mind.