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Truckers have to exercise even more caution than cars

Driving a large truck is much more complex than driving a passenger vehicle, which is why commercial truckers have to take and pass special licensing requirements before being approved to drive big rigs. Below are some trucking safety tips to follow.

-- Planning ahead. With all the advances in radar and GPS, a trucker can plot an entire route and have a good approximation of the weather conditions along the way. Adjusting schedules to accommodate inclement weather conditions and high traffic patterns can save lives.

-- Maintaining a cushion of space around the truck. Truckers need extra room to pass safely beneath low clearance areas like overpasses and tunnels, but that is just one of many. Ideally, a trucker will have a buffer of space around the whole rig.

-- Driving a safe speed for the road conditions (even when it less than the legal limit). Truckers cannot stop on a dime and must compensate for that with reduced speed.

-- Maintaining safety by routinely inspecting the truck for hazards or worn parts and fixing them before starting out.

-- Slow down for exit and entrance ramps and on curves and turns. This is when many trucks jack-knife or rollovers happen for inexperienced or reckless truckers.

Sometimes truckers can adjust their driving schedules with the weather conditions, but more often than not, trucking companies urge their drivers to press on regardless and meet their deadlines. When this happens, it can enhance the risk of accidents involving these highway behemoths.

If you were injured in a collision with or caused by an 18-wheeler, you may need to pursue civil justice through the courts in North Carolina.

Source: Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips, "Safe Driving Tips For Drivers Of Large Trucks," accessed March 04, 2016

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