FACTS ABOUT DRIVING 53' TRUCKS
Truck drivers drive on average over 100,000 miles a year
Since 1980, the trucking industry has reduced exhaust-based emissions by about 95 percent.
The average weight of loaded semi is a hefty 80,000 pounds
Truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs
It Takes Two Football Fields For A Semi To Come To A Complete Stop
Over 50% of truck related accidents are because of smaller vehicles stopping abruptly Infront of them.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAKE THE ROAD SAFER FOR YOU AND TRUCKERS?
Trucks have a lot of mass and take more time to stop. Darting in front of a truck and slamming on your brakes will hurt you more than them, so just don’t do it.
Pass quickly, passenger vehicles typically travel faster than semis, so it’s not unusual to pass a lot of trucks along your route. Practice safe passing by driving closer to the shoulder rather than the truck, and speeding up instead of lingering.
Stay Back, trucks are much higher off the ground than a passenger vehicle. In the event of a crash behind a truck, passenger vehicles could slide (or be pushed) under a truck. Stay a safe distance back when stopped behind a truck or bus, particularly going up an incline, where large vehicles might roll backward.