Spring is here. With it comes the beauty of flowering plants and trees. Severe weather is also a part of spring.
As you prepare to leave home on days like yesterday it is advisable to leave a little early in order to get to work on time.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe as you travel the highways with big trucks.
Check your wiper blades. Do they clean your windshield as they swipe across? Not having a clear view of the road and traffic ahead of you can make a bad day worse.
Turn on your headlights. Sometimes, and in some conditions, that is the only way truck drivers know you are there.
If a truck driver is attempting to move to another lane, during hard rains, your headlights being on will keep you safe. The road spray from the many, and massive, tires obscures our view in the mirror of what is behind us.
Being passed by a truck driver can be frightening on dry roads for some people. Some drivers fear being sucked under the hulking truck and trailer as it goes by. That feeling of being sucked in is from the air turbulence created by the giant vehicle. It is, in fact, trying to blow you AWAY from the underbelly. Your attempts to resist it by steering into it to remain on the road is what makes the momentary ordeal frightening.
During rainy weather this vortex of air is made worse for the smaller vehicles because of the water being sprayed out by the truck’s tires. You get a double whammy.
To safely deal with the passing truck on rain soaked roads is to slow down just a little. This will get the truck driver out of your way faster and his/her over spray of water off your windshield so you can see.
This is the most dangerous thing you face while driving with trucks on rainy highways. The danger lies in your view being totally obliterated by the spray from the passing truck. You can’t see the vehicle in front of you entering your lane of traffic from an on ramp – nor can you see the slowed traffic in front of you as they take the exit.
Once the threat has passed, and the truck driver is well ahead of you, it is time to relax in your journey to work.
Keep yourself safe out there on the highways. You have someone waiting for you at home.