Part Two in a series to help you winterize for a safe holiday season.Stillman and Friedland want to help you stay safe on the roads as road conditions worsen and traffic is heavy with shoppers looking for Christmas gifts. Adding to the mix are the numerous supply trucks delivering goods to stores during this peak retail season. We strongly suggest that you review our post on avoiding truck accidents in full here, but let’s review the main points:
Keep in mind the “arrive alive” principle—first make sure you are driving safely. Never risk an accident just because you are running late or short on time! Slower is safer on snowy and icy roads. Drive at speeds appropriate to road conditions and visibility. Remember that a road that looks clear may have treacherous black ice, especially if a melt is followed by a drop in temperatures; be extremely cautious on underpasses and shaded areas.
TIP: The added weight of an inexpensive 50-lb bag of salt and a shovel kept in your trunk will give you added traction on slippery surfaces (and may come in handy if your parking spot gets “plowed in” and you can’t get out).
Keep a safe stopping distance between yourself and trucks on slippery roads. That actually means 20-25 car lengths away from the truck; we recommend staying out of the same lane on uphill and downhill grades.
Avoid trucks’ blind spots. If you can’t see the driver in the truck’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Basically, the driver has a slim-to-zero chance of seeing you when you are along the back of the truck. Smaller cars are also invisible to the truck driver when in front of and close to the truck.
Never turn in parallel with a truck. Tight maneuvering, unpredictable trailer swing, and operating in the blind spots combine to create accident conditions you want to avoid.
Video Courtesy of USDOT
Once again, we at Stillman and Friedland remind you to stay safe by minimizing the danger of driving with many heavy trucks on the road during this holiday season.