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Driving Too Fast for the Conditions

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December 21, 2015 by Minuteman Trucks

Despite the current changes in road conditions as winter arrives, several drivers are still found to be driving way too fast for the conditions. In theses cases, drivers were found driving at speeds higher than what was considered to be the reasonable standard. Common conditions in which drivers were found driving too fast include:

  • Wet Roadways Truck Driving Fast(snow, rain or ice)
  • Reduced Visibility (fog)
  • Construction Zones
  • Curves
  • Intersections
  • Heavy Traffic

 

It was reported by the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) that 23 percent of large-truck crashes involved commerical motor vehicles (CMV) drivers that were driving too fast for the conditions.

  • When on snow-packed roads, reduce speed by 1/2 or more.
  • 40 percent of speeding related fatalities occur on curves.
  • Braking on a curve cause the wheels to lock and the vehicle to slide.
  • Though ramps and interchanges account for less that 5 precent of highway miles, 20 to 30 percent of all large-truck crashes occur on or near ramps.
  • Loading trailers require 20 to 40 percent more braking distance than passenger vehicles to completely stop.

 

Another tip for all drivers it to make sure you leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Hitting someone from behind will always put you at fault for the collision . Large trucks require more braking space than many other vehicles, so use your driving height advantage and anticipate braking solutions.

This safety bulletin is brought to you by Idealease

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