Trucks are better than cars, it is as simple as that. Though some will disagree by describing the looks and features of cars that are unique and unable to be experienced in trucks, the benefits of trucks (such as being able to haul trailers, carry larger weights, and dominate the road) will almost outweigh some of the other minor aspects provided by other vehicles.
However, trucks are not without their flaws. While cars are even less imperfect, the imperfections of trucks are very real and must be addressed if you wish to drive your vehicle safely. In this article, I will discuss some common safety issues with trucks. Additionally, I will give you some tips on how to resolve these problems and drive safely.
Some of the most common issues with trucks involve the average size of trucks being much larger than the average size of cars or other vehicles. Because the trucks are larger, their field of vision or perception is much narrower. Seeing on the sides of the truck cab is more difficult because the field in which an object or vehicle can move is much larger. The height of the truck also factors into this, as it can be difficult to see vehicles that are much lower to the ground than the truck.
Because blind spots are a more important issue for trucks than for cars, it is crucial that a truck driver drives with more caution and a greater sense of vigilance on the road.
Some aspects of driving a truck are beyond your control. As discussed by Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C., mechanical defects or issues with truck parts, for example, are not something you can prevent or change. The only step of precaution available to you as a truck driver is ensuring that you are taking care of your truck with regular check-ups and engine maintenance.
Speeding, on the other hand, is entirely within your control. If you are driving faster than the speed limit permits, especially to a much greater degree, you are endangering the lives of yourself, the people in your truck cab, and the people in the other vehicles on the road. It is simply unacceptable.
There is no substantial research to suggest that trucks speed more often or violate the speed limit to greater degrees. However, the assertive nature that is perceived from especially large trucks in metropolitan or urban areas can paint a metaphorical target on the back of the truck bed. Police officers seeking to find violators of the speed limit laws will easily pick out fast-moving, large, dominant trucks.
As a result, it is not only in the best interests of yourself and others to drive in accordance with the speed limit, but it is also imperative that you follow the law unless you want to deal with the police, tickets, a court case, and maybe even needing to hire a lawyer to remove a pesky traffic ticket from your personal record. It is just not worth it — drive the speed limit and check your blind spots.