Trucks and buses are extremely large, travel long distances, and deliver the goods we need. Respect the Rig by learning the risks they pose and giving them space.
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The Risks Driving Around Large Trucks and Buses
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Rigs and large buses are at greater risk for rolling over because of their size and weight. Rigs could roll over for being too top heavy, high winds, or taking a curve too quickly.
Trucks make wider turns to avoid hitting the curb, light poles, or anything else by the road. In order to do this, they usually leave a wide space to the left/right of the truck. Do not pull into this space or you could end up wedged between the two with a crushed car.
- Don’t Cut Off A Truck or Bus – Do not cut in front of a truck because they can’t see directly in front of their rig. It also takes trucks a longer distance to stop, and cutting in front of them before a stop light increases the risk of a crash.
- Let the Truck/Bus Pass You – Reduce your speed slightly when a truck is trying to pass you. This makes it easier for them to get around your car.
- Lower Your Brights – Trucks’ and Bus’ large side mirrors reflect bright lights from other vehicles into the driver’s eyes.
Large Trucks and Buses by the Numbers
- Traveling at 65 MPH it can take a fully loaded truck an average of 200 yards to come to a complete stop. That’s the length of two football fields!
- Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That’s as much as six elephants.
- Truck drivers travel a total of 140 billion miles in the US each year. That’s almost 300,000 round trips to the moon!
- There are nearly 12 million Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) registered to operate on America’s roadways.
- In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 2-percent increase from 2015 nationwide. 1
- The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 263 to 227, a decrease of 14 percent nationwide. 1
- Trucks typically weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles.
- On average, 62% of fatal teen crashes occurred on rural roadways and an average of 53% of the fatal crashes occurred between 6 pm – 6 am1
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2016