Finally! CBS News has done a segment on “Teens & Trucks” to raise awareness for young drivers, and to teach them how to share the road, and drive around trucks the right way!
As you may or may not have heard by now, Amanda Kloehr of Virginia was involved in a serious accident with a tractor trailer. Kloehr admits that she was distracted by a multitude of things before slamming into the back of the truck in front of her – and is now speaking out to raise the awareness of her peers.
According to CBS News: Kloehr says, “I was looking at a number of things: my cell phone, my GPS, the radio, all of these things in my car. And I looked away from the road long enough to not realize the tractor-trailer stopped and I hit the back of him going about 65, 70 miles an hour,” said Kloehr. “Even after 20 surgeries, this is what happened to my face.”
In addition to the important message that this teen is spreading, we’re excited to mention that a Maryland State Police officer is working with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) on a “Teens & Trucks” initiative.
In his interview with CBS news he mentions key things for drivers to remember when traveling near trucks including the “NO” zones, the dangers of following closely or neglecting to factor the time it takes for a trucks to stop, and turbulence.
Check out the Teens & Trucks initiative here![youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqktECQmEq8″]
- Total stopping distance is very different for a large truck than a passenger car. So know that cutting it close with a truck can cut your life short.
- While it is never safe to tailgate any vehicle on the highway, following too close is particularly dangerous around large trucks and buses because the size of these vehicles prevents you from seeing the road ahead and having sufficient time to react to slowing or stopped traffic or another obstacle.
- Because of their large size, remember that a truck making a right turn may first swing left to clear the corner. Conversely, a truck making a left turn may first swing right to clear vehicles and other objects on its left side. Expect this and be prepared!