As more people get on the road for the holidays, remember that size is important when it comes to traffic safety. Tailgating between two passenger vehicles may result in a minor crash but a crash between a passenger vehicle and a large truck or a bus may have greater consequences.
Driving a truck or bus has a unique set of safety challenges and are something that other road users should be aware of. While driving this holiday season be aware that:
- Trucks are often 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles.
- The huge mass of a truck or bus increases the risk of more severe crash damage, injuries and fatalities.
- Large size and weight increases driving challenges, including acceleration, braking and handling (maneuverability).
- Trucks and buses accelerate more slowly uphill and may gain speed quickly downhill.
We wish you safe driving this holiday season!