‘Respect the rig’ can reduce teen fatalities

semi truck on highwayBig trucks and buses often collide with teen drivers who, because of their inexperience, don’t recognize the unique danger presented by oversize vehicles.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is doing something about it, launching a safety program for teens – led by teen peers – called Teens in the Driver seat. The primary message: “Respect the rig."

Commercial rigs are big, heavy, and need lots of room to stop. They also have big blind spots, and when cars linger too long in those spots, nasty collisions occur.

Also, truck drivers often work more than 10 hours a day for days on end, causing fatigue and slowing their reaction time.

Motorists disappear from a trucker’s view when they’re directly behind and alongside all but the rear corners of the truck. Remember this tip: If you can’t see the driver’s face in the rig’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you.

Learn more helpful tips to share the road safely with big rigs. And remember, in nearly three out of four fatal accidents involving trucks and other vehicles, someone other than the truck driver was at fault.

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