You are cruising along at highway speeds on a busy thoroughfare in New Jersey when out of nowhere, a small passenger car cuts you off. Because you are driving a big rig, you are unable to slow down and find yourself violently swerving into the next lane to avoid a deadly collision. What would you have done if there was not another lane next to you? At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we are familiar with the risks that truckers face when they spend hours traveling between destinations.
When you practice vigilant driving, you may be able to react faster and more effectively when faced with sudden road hazards. Known as evasive action, your ability to evade potential dangers can be more successful with practice and awareness of some important tips. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, many trucking accidents happen because the driver is unable to stop when approaching slowing traffic, other vehicles or objects in the road. Here are two things you can do to practice evasive action at all times:
- Be aware of your surroundings: This is easily done by frequently scanning everything around you. Watch for signs of danger so you can recognize hazards with enough time to react in an effective and safe way.
- Look for braking vehicles: As soon as a vehicle in front of you puts its brakes on, immediately be prepared to slow down or move out of the way. Studies show that once you tell your brain to move your foot from the gas to the brake pedal, it takes nearly a second for that action to happen. While seemingly insignificant, that one second can make a considerable difference in your ability to react on time.
By practicing evasive action, you can be more confident in your ability to react to dangerous situations with poise and calm. When faced with hazards, your practice may enable you to avoid serious injury or death. For more information about staying safe on the road, visit our web page.