Steer Clear of Large Vehicles on the Roads
From user “STBB” on Reddit thread this week that was part of a trucker’s forum, here is some very good advice. We’ve cleaned up the language to make it safe for work.
Do not (and I can’t stress this enough) ride alongside a truck, ever.
Scenario: You’re in the left lane trying to pass a truck in the right. If there’s a car in front of you, and you’re both not passing the truck quickly, and you’re sort of “lingering” waiting for the asshat in front of you to move on, you’re in the kill zone. Two horrible things can happen.
First and most obvious, if the truck loses control or has to change lanes quickly, you’re going to get crushed because the truck has nowhere else to go. You’re the path of least resistance. You’re probably gonna die.
Second is that trucks tend to have tire blowouts. If you’ve never seen the power of a truck tire blowout, take a minute to look up such videos on Youtube. It may scare the XXX out of you from the comfort of your chair right now. And if it scares the XXXX out of you while you’re behind the wheel, you will lose control of your own car and drive under the rig or off the road. It’s exactly like hearing a bomb go off, and sometimes the tire exits the truck with such force that it will knock a car off the road.
Your reaction skills likely will not save you.
Many times, the truck can lose control and crash. It always swerves right before the worst, and if you’re in that kill zone, you’re going out with it. So either pass the truck very fast, or lay back with enough room to avoid the truck if it has a blowout, then pass it quickly once the car in front of you moves.
Do you see a lot of trucks on the road? Do yourself and your loved ones a favor. Avoid them whenever possible.
Be safe out there!
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