Throughout Louisiana, many drivers operate commercial trucks on busy highways. Because big trucks have risks, there are safety guidelines and regular inspections for the 18-wheeler industry. In September, nationwide road check procedures uncovered many violations, and over 15,000 drivers were sidelined. If you’re concerned about highway safety, there are key ways to stay safe on the road.
Avoid a commercial truck’s blind spot
A road check can only uncover roadside violations because it’s an inspection, not a driving test. As a result, a typical driver must fully understand how to safely drive a car, truck or SUV on a highway near an 18-wheeler.
From a design standpoint, an 18-wheeler and a traditional automobile have different blind spots. Because an 18-wheeler is longer and bigger, its blind spots are larger, so they can dramatically reduce a commercial driver’s visibility. The most dangerous blind spot is found directly behind a trailer as it can completely block a driver’s view of the surroundings. If you ever need to trail an 18-wheeler behind its trailer, get out of the blind spot safely by changing lanes or by slowing down.
Reduce your speed in dangerous zones
Whenever there are big trucks around, you should always slow down on the most dangerous sections of a road in order to prevent a collision with an 18-wheeler. These areas include:
- Steep curves
- Steep hills
- Busy construction zones
Together, government programs and smart driving strategies can improve safety on busy highways. However, personal injuries can still result if commercial drivers fail to follow the rules of the road. If a commercial driver’s actions lead to your injuries, a lawyer may provide assistance every step of the way.