The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance has created “Teens And Trucks” to help inform inexperienced drivers about safely around commercial trucks. The Department of Transportation showed its support for this new program when Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari joined Teens And Trucks to help launch the new training curriculum.
Safety Tips for Teens and Trucks
At detailed on the Teens and Trucks website, we’re sharing some of the key safety tips for keeping teens safe about big trucks and trailers.
- Don’t Cut Off Trucks. Total stopping distance is very different for a large truck than a passenger car. So know that cutting it close with a truck can cut your life short.
- Stay Out of the Truck’s Blind Spots/NO Zones. Trucks have very large blind spots. Do not stay in a truck’s blind spots.
- Keep a Safe Distance. While it is never safe to tailgate any vehicle on the highway, following too close is particularly dangerous around large trucks and buses because the size of these vehicles prevents you from seeing the road ahead and having sufficient time to react to slowing or stopped traffic or another obstacle.
- Trucks Make Wide Turns. Because of their large size, remember that a truck making a right turn may first swing left to clear the corner. Conversely, a truck making a left turn may first swing right to clear vehicles and other objects on its left side. Expect this and be prepared!
Committed to Truck Safety
As a member of the National Advisory Board for APITLA, I am committed to improving the safety of our roads. I applaud the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance for their efforts to educate our youth about the inherent dangers of driving near big trucks.
As an organization, APITLA — the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America — has pledged to work aggressively within the law through learning, legislation and litigation to achieve its mission of dramatically reducing the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths across America that are caused by those trucking companies who are unsafe.