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The safe driving advice truckers give -- and should follow, too

In a recent post, we discussed safe driving this holiday season. The post ended with a reminder about the large amount of big, commercial vehicles on the roads in Galveston and other cities in Texas and the U.S. Those trucks can be dangerous to motorists in smaller vehicles. 

Connecting back to that discussion is a recent memo of advice issued by professional truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations put together a list of driving tips that are meant to reduce the risk of all kinds of motor vehicle accidents during this busy holiday week. 

Alter driving to weather

Though Texas might have milder weather than other places in the country over the holiday season, surprises do still come up. Rain and wind, for example, can compromise road safety -- especially when drivers fail to drive more carefully with the changing weather. 

Reduce speed

The roads will be busier this week, with many people driving to visit family or simply on the roads more in general because they are out of the office this week. Busier roads are more crowded roads. There will be more stopping and starting, and more of a need to brake with the amount of traffic. Driving too fast will make braking in time less likely and result in dangerous collisions. 

Understand blind spots

As the past post mentioned, there will be a heavy presence of commercial vehicles on the roads over the holiday. Those vehicles have larger blind spots. It is best for motorists to stay in a position where truckers will see them in order to stay as safe as possible. 

 

While these few tips come from professional truckers, it is important that the truck drivers respect the advice themselves. Truckers cause accidents too often; many of those accidents could be avoided if the drivers had followed the safe driving advice included in this post. 

When truckers fail to alter their driving to the weather, devastation can occur. When large vehicles slip or swerve on slippery roads, great damage can ensue. When commercial trucks are going too fast, it is even harder to get them to slow down and brake in time to avoid often deadly rear-end collisions. When truck drivers don't check their blind spots and make reckless driving decisions, accidents happen. 

Someone who is injured in a truck accident should talk with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney can look at any of the above driving factors and more when determining how to best protect a crash victim's best interests in a negligence claim. 

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