Roadside Chat - Yippie Ki Yay for motor truckers - give them space
This time of year, it seems like we’re all in a rush to get somewhere. For some, that somewhere is a shopping destination. “If you bought it, a truck brought it” was a line from a movie, but it rings true.
Professional drivers put their lives and livelihoods on our roads every day. The trucks are large and cannot maneuver as quickly as a passenger vehicle. Additionally, many of these trucks have equipment that does not allow them to go past a set speed.
You have lots of opportunities to impact safety when traveling around large trucks. One of those is allowing the truck plenty of space and positioning your vehicle so the driver can better see you.
Never assume that a truck driver can see you - https://youtu.be/AWzUSPo4DeA
In Iowa in 2022, there have been 320 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of four since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf