Each winter, drivers know they must be extra careful due to weather conditions that may include snow, ice and blustery winds ultimately leading to dangerous road conditions. Added on top of that is the challenge of co-existing with big-rig trucks.
And what if that truck driver subscribes to negligent behavior? It represents a combination that may prove deadly and lead to disastrous consequences.
Speeding, inexperience and impaired driving
Weather conditions affect any driver, and the occasional extreme conditions in winter may make things more difficult. Big-rig truck drivers, too, feel the pinch. But these drivers also have added work-related pressures that may lead negligent driving behavior.
Here are some of the situations – some of which represent negligent behavior – that may lead to a big-rig truck causing disastrous situations:
- Speeding and driving too fast for conditions: To meet deadlines, some truck drivers are in a hurry, causing threats to other drivers.
- Inexperience: Whether they are new to the road or unfamiliar with the region, a driver may make mistakes leading to a crash, especially on icy roads.
- Fatigue and drowsy driving: It is tiring on the road for a truck driver. Nodding off may lead to veering into the path of another vehicle.
- Impaired driving: The use of alcohol and drugs is not unheard of among truck drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that 2% of big-rig truck drivers involved in deadly crashes were drunk.
Alert drivers may safely arrive at their destinations. But winter weather and negligent truck drivers may prove to be obstacles difficult to overcome.
Add extras alertness
The NHTSA reports that 17% of all motor vehicle crashes take place in the winter. Please do your best to have safe travels during the winter season and take extra care when sharing the road with a big-rig truck. Whether it is an icy patch on the road or a reckless truck driver, you as a driver potentially face some dangers.