Commercial motor vehicles are an important part of our nation’s economy and have a large presence on our highways.
While CMVs do contribute to some traffic crashes, research shows that too many drivers of passenger cars, especially young people ages 16 to 24 years old, unnecessarily endanger themselves due to inattention or reckless driving around the big rigs.
Professional drivers practice defensive driving. They must pay attention to the job at hand and watch people in other lanes so they can react should something go awry. All drivers need to practice safe driving and share the road with the truckers.
Here are some steps to safe driving around large trucks or buses:
- Don’t cut off large trucks or buses. Make sure you can see both headlights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your original lane.
- Stay out of the blind spots or “No Zone”. Big rigs have large blind spots. Pass only on their left side.
- Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion around trucks. Can you see the truck’s side mirrors? If not, the driver cannot see you.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance shares the desire to promote safe driving around large trucks by developing video and other materials to share with teens. Go to www.TeensandTrucks.com or call 1-800-800-2358 to find out more information about how you can help share the message.
CMV drivers should also do their part by obeying speed limits and signs, avoiding distractions and buckling up. Results of the 2010 seat belt survey reveal that more commercial motor vehicle drivers are buckling up. Seat belt usage rose from 73 percent in 2008 to 80.6 percent during this year's study.
Commercial motor vehicle drivers are required by state law to wear their seat belt. Failure to do so will result in a citation and affects both the drivers' and companies'safety score.