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February 19, 2018
Winter weather is daunting for many drivers, including those behind the wheel of semitrucks. While the weather isn’t in a driver’s control, how he or she reacts to it is. When the weather is bad, drivers need to know how to respond to it to make sure they don’t cause crashes.
Sometimes, the design of the truck actually makes a difference in safety. For instance, aftermarket guards are made for some trucks that help prevent rollover accidents. Why? Drivers with them on their vehicles are less likely to swerve to avoid an impact, like if an animal runs into the street or they are sliding off the road. Knowing that the front is safer to hit at a lower speed means that a driver won’t necessarily overcompensate while sliding and cause a crash.
Some trucks protect drivers by having collapsible parts. This helps others as well. For instance, those with multiple-piece design hoods crumple under pressure. This reduces the overall impact to the other vehicle as well as to the semi itself.
It’s impossible to avoid cold weather or dangerous weather conditions, but keep in mind that there are many things drivers can do to avoid sliding or causing a crash. Driving slower, having good winter tires with appropriate tread and avoiding distractions all help keep people safer on the roads.
Drivers can change things about their vehicles and take steps to pay attention, but if they cause a crash, they must be held accountable. Our website has more on what to do if you’re hit by a truck.