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Yo! My name is Adam and this is my cool new auto blog. I live with my parents in the suburbs of Sydney. It might not seem pretty cool living with your parents, but I am planning to move out soon. One massive advantage of living with my parents is that I can save a lot of money to invest in my new car. As well as the extra money in my pocket, I also benefit from lots of advice from my dad who is an auto mechanic. He has helped me to fine-tune and to add accessorises to my auto so it looks really ace.


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Safety Tips for Large Truck Drivers

Sherri Craig

Commercial motor vehicles exist in a wide range of sizes from small trucks to large oversized trucks. Operation of these trucks requires a driver who is fully qualified and possesses a valid commercial driver's license to operate the truck within their country. Having this license indicates that you have the right  general knowledge test and have acquired a proper skill set to enable effective in making turns, stopping, driving on highway roads and city, backing, and many other actions. Here are some basic safety tips that truck drivers should observe for their benefit and safety of other drivers on the road as well.

Space Cushion Factor

All professional truck drivers must constantly observe space cushion by closely monitoring the objects around the truck. They should not be too close to other vehicles or objects whether moving or stationary. In this case, they are able to manage any emergencies whether it is a random accident involving other vehicles on the road or it's a brake malfunction of the truck they are driving. The driver must be concerned about:

  • The height above low clearances such as basement parking, overpasses, and tunnels
  • Forward space in front including the following distance and turning space
  • Rear space behind which covers the distance of vehicles behind them as well as the backing space
  • Space between the drive and the passenger side.

Trip Planning

A sensitive and qualified driver must know the terrain and travel conditions including the flow of traffic and weather conditions along their route before they leave. In this case, you can reasonably avoid situations that are likely to cause accidents from a safe driving standpoint. In addition, truck drivers who are hauling hazardous materials must take special precautions and consider taking special routes. This includes drivers who are handling heavy materials with specific weight restrictions.

Turns and Curves

All heavy truck drivers practising safe driving must slow down when they approach turns including entrances and exit ramps on major highways. In most cases, the speed limit for heavy trucks at such points is lower compared to smaller vehicles. Failure to slow down can lead to rollover accidents.

Driving Momentum

Heavy truck drivers must be able to anticipate the actions of other vehicles adjacent to them on the road due to the size and momentum of their vehicles. Part of the training involves looking on the road much farther than the normal driver does. Other sensitive factors for truck drivers to consider include the stopping distance, alertness, and distractions.