Although online maps are getting better, they may or may not be 100% accurate. There is also the cost in terms of time when you're delayed by an accident. This practice can encourage following drivers to take undue risks in passing. If there are two turning lanes, always take the right turn lane. Among the issues addressed in their training is how to make a safe wide or swinging turn.Next
At highway speeds it is about a quarter of a mile. It is done by letting everyone know just when and where you intend to turn—by signaling. Do not take a chance on getting hung up halfway across. This is a close-up mirror image of the button hook that illustrates the button hook right turn that tractor trailers make. In making a right turn, give the proper turn signal at the proper time and approach the intersection in the right hand lane, staying as close to the curb as possible. Do not start in the inside lane because you may have to swing right to make the turn.Next
Here's the close-up promised above. Always practice proper truck safety techniques when driving around big rigs. Driving while exhausted can be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. . Space Needed to Cross or Enter Traffic Be aware of the size and weight of your vehicle when you cross or enter traffic. Be Prompt and on Time: Your timeliness will set the tone with you and your carrier, so be on time always. Wide turns require a truck to occupy an additional traffic lane in order to make its turn.Next
The photo shows that many truck drivers had taken their trailer tandems over the curb in the past although we certainly don't recommend doing that! May all your turns be right ones! It is easy to miss seeing them while you are backing. Avoid a Right Turn Accident in Your Tractor Trailer One day as were exiting a , we saw the results of a truck driver's right turn accident. When a driver can't turn safely, the truck can tip over, swing into oncoming traffic, or crush another vehicle. There are numerous things that you need to protect, which we will address. This will create enough room for you to drive between the shoulder of the road and the trailer. This is a potentially dangerous practice as, by the time the truck operator sees a hazard, the object will be closer than the distance the driver will need to come to a complete stop.Next
To make a safe turn, truck drivers must be on the lookout for passenger vehicles in their blind spots, use their signals, and wait for a clear opportunity to make a turn. Your efforts never go unnoticed in the transportation industry. So as a semi begins to pass another semi, the passing rig can only go so fast. But it is his job to manage the space in making a turn. Call ahead — advance your pickup with the customer, advance your drop with the receiver.Next
Can you imagine the stress that puts on tires? In fact, the opposite is true. When possible, the left turn should be made to the left of the intersection center. Drivers on your left can be more readily seen. Be sure to check mirrors every 7 or 8 seconds. Final Thoughts on Driving an 18 Wheeler in Weslaco Driving an 18 wheeler in Weslaco is best left for those who have the comfort and the courage to manage the size and weight of a transport truck.
The difference is shown here: Jug handle vs button hook turns. A following driver may think you are turning left and try to pass you on the right. Most loaded trucks can legally weigh 80,000lbs or more. Always get out and look before backing up. With a large truck though, that was going to require a spotter. But statistics show that over 72% of accidents involving trucks are the fault of the other vehicle! Also check for other hazards at the same time.Next
At night a driver can only see as far as the illumination cast by the truck's headlights. Always double-check a shipper's directions against a to make sure you stay on approved truck routes. TruckingTruth was founded by that's me! A nice illustration of a button hook right turn with a semi tractor trailer is shown a photo on. Yes, the truck driver will probably still be charged in similar situations to the accident I had. However, it doesn't end there. Theories of indirect liability such as respondeat superior or vicarious liability would be appropriate when the truck driver was executing the turn in the course and scope of employment, while furthering the employer's business.Next