Be cour­te­ous to truck dri­vers

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Auto Dealer -

It is im­por­tant for car dri­vers to be a­wa­re that truck dri­vers fa­ce very dif­fe­rent chal­len­ges from their own - but wit­hout trucks, South A­fri­ca will grind to a halt.

As a le­ar­ner truck d­ri­ver my­self the­se days, it is be­co­ming pain­ful­ly cle­ar that the weig­ht and si­ze of a truck as well as the dif­fe­rent lo­ads which one mig­ht one day car­ry, me­ans needing mo­re ti­me to get going, to stop or slow do­wn and too ma­ny ot­her fac­tors to list. I the­re­fo­re con­cur with the­se tips from Mas­terD­ri­ve on how to share the ro­ad sa­fely and cour­te­ous­ly with truck dri­vers:

Le­a­ve lar­ge spa­ces be­t­ween your car and the truck. This will help a­void one of their ma­ny and much lar­ger blind spots. Their blind spots are in front or c­lo­se to their bum­per, c­lo­se be­hind the truck as well as in cer­tain spots be­si­de the truck.

A ru­le of thumb is if you can see the d­ri­ver in the si­de mir­ror, they can see you.

Ne­ver pull di­rect­ly in front of a truck or in a small gap be­t­ween a truck and a­not­her vehi­cle. A me­di­um-si­zed truck can ta­ke 40% lon­ger to stop than a car.

W­hen o­ver­ta­king, do not just c­heck if the­re is a gap but c­heck the length of the truck be­fo­re you go.

Be­fo­re you do o­ver­ta­ke, al­so ma­ke su­re you gi­ve your­self mo­re than e­nough ti­me so if the truck is lon­ger than ex­pected you ha­ve ex­tra ti­me.

Be ex­tra cau­ti­ous with trucks car­rying ab­nor­mal lo­ads.

If the­re is a dou­ble tur­ning la­ne and a truck in the la­ne on the left, do not dri­ve next to it. On­ce they ma­ke the turn, this spa­ce clo­ses up. The d­ri­ver left that spa­ce the­re for a re­a­son.

W­hen it rains, le­a­ve ex­tra spa­ce a­round the truck as their wa­ter spray zo­ne is going to be lar­ger. They will al­so ta­ke e­ven lon­ger to stop.

W­hen tra­vel­ling in front of a truck, sig­nal e­ar­ly and a­void ma­king sud­den turns, as they need lon­ger to stop.

Ne­ver stop in the e­mer­gen­cy la­nes for trucks. The­se la­nes are the­re for trucks w­ho­se bra­kes ha­ve fai­led going do­wn­hill and you could en­dan­ger e­ver­yo­ne, in­clu­ding your­self.

Do not pres­su­re a truck to dri­ve in a y­el­low la­ne so you can pass. They can see mo­re than w­hat you can in that po­si­ti­on and will not mo­ve o­ver if it is dan­ge­rous or il­le­gal to do so. They mig­ht al­so be for­bid­den by the em­ploy­er to do so. Tho­se that gi­ve you pas­sing spa­ce, do it out of cour­te­sy a­ny­way.

Be a­wa­re that dri­ving on hil­ly ro­ads is es­pe­ci­al­ly chal­len­ging for truck dri­vers. Do not pass a truck on an in­cli­ne then cut in front of them on the de­cli­ne. (A­ni­ca Kr­ü­ger)

Gent­le­man Coun­try

E­ven as e­ar­ly as 1919, the im­por­tan­ce of trans­port by truck was re­cog­ni­sed. This his­to­ri­cal ad­ver­ti­se­ment is from the ma­ga­zi­ne

of Ja­nu­a­ry in that y­e­ar.

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