Drive Safely

With the alarming number of fatalities on the highways each day undoubtedly people are unaware of the danger that surrounds Eighteen Wheeler or Tractor Trailers.  My message is one of caution, concern, patience and respect.

These accidents why although tragic are preventable.  There are facts about the operation and manuver of a tractor trailers that much of the public is unaware of.  I would like to take a moment to highlight those facts.  They just may save your life.

  •  Fact:  Tractor Trailers carry a weight of no more than 80,000 pounds unless it’s a permited over sized load.
  •  Fact:  The rate of speed for a tractor trailer is considerably different due to the weight.
  •  Fact:  The driver gains excessive speed going down hill with the push from the heavy load. (gravity)
  •  Fact:  Due to the heavy weight or not The tractor although equipped with what is called the Jacobs Brake or Jake Brake CAN NOT stop instantly.
  •  Fact:  There are blind spots for a tractor trailer driver just as a car driver.
  • Fact:  If you can’t see their mirrors they can’t see you.
  • Fact:  For a truck driver doing 55mph on dry pavement it will take about the length of a football field to stop that truck.
  •  Fact:  Test have shown that bobtails (tractors without the trailer) are harder to stop than a tractor with  a fully loaded trailer.
Please always use CAUTION when driving.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Pulling out in front of a driver because you feel they are going too slow isn’t the answer.  A few seconds of PATIENCE could be the difference between you and the other driver making it home.
Have more RESPECT for their profession.  This is their job and They have families too.  Not all four wheelers are at fault but a large portion of the accidents are caused by car drivers not having respect for others driving.  Please stay alert and try not to get distracted easily while driving.  
Remember that’s 80,000 pounds beside, behind, or in front of you.
It’s your choice to live or die!  The large number of accidents that could be controlled by being more aware and packing a little patience covered by planing ahead for delays CONCERN me greatly.                                                                                                
Really, when you think about it……Does being in a hurry take precedents over your safety and the safety of others around you?

Read this and take it to heart. Share this with others as this may save your life!   This was in no way intended to cast more blame on one driver over the other.  My intentions are to share facts that surround tractor trailers on the road with four wheelers.  How everyone being more aware can mean the difference between whether everyone or no one makes it home safely.   

Safe Travels to Everyone as we Share the Road!!

Tamara Brown


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darlene 'Dee' Darlene 'Dee' Bishopd
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 08:58:12

    Good insights and advice, Tamara! Most accidents could be prevented if folks just paid more attention to their driving, especially around semis. The sheer size alone should give us more reason for caution!

    (following you from Follow My Blog FB group.)



    • Tamaras' Column
      Dec 28, 2011 @ 09:15:11

      That is so true Dee. Their size should make anyone not want to play around with them on the road. Thanks for the comment and for following my blog. Blessings to you and yours.


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