Though most people think that distracted driving and fatigue are the only reasons that accidents occur with truck drivers, the truth is that there are many reasons. They may be two of the biggest reasons, but they aren’t the only ones.
Here are some more reasons why accidents happen with truck drivers.
Inexperience. New commercial truck drivers are involved in accidents more than veteran drivers. Driving a huge big commercial truck and trailer takes a lot of practice.
Because of this, all interested drivers need to take a class and practice, practice, and practice some more. The more practice that you have, the more confident you will feel in your driving (and less likely to be involved in an accident).
Aggressive driving. Aggressive driving is a very common reason for accidents. Both truck drivers and other drivers can be in a hurry to get where they are going, leading to aggressive driving.
Aggressive drivers will speed, drive too close to others, cut off drivers, and otherwise drive a bit dangerously. Commercial trucks take longer to start, speed up, and stop which means that aggressive driving will really cause accidents to happen.
Impairment. Unfortunately, the truth is that some commercial truck drivers do things that they shouldn’t do when they are behind the wheel. This includes drugs and alcohol which will definitely change the way that they drive.
Impaired drivers may struggle to keep their rig in the lane. They may start and stop randomly. Their reaction time is also slower. They may not realize that the person in front fo them is slowing down until they hit them.
Accidents happen all of the time. Some of the reasons are preventable. You should never drink and drive. You also shouldn’t drive aggressively, no matter how late you are! While others just take time. You need to get some miles under your belt before you feel experienced enough to drive.
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