If you have seen a beginner skater lose control on the ice rink, you will have an idea of how a tractor-trailer unit losing control on snow or ice might look. Yet, instead of legs and arms going everywhere, you have heavy trailers filled with goods flying in all directions.
New London County gets a considerable amount of snow each year, so the thought of an out-of-control 18-wheeler careering toward you is a real and worrying prospect.
As a car driver, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk a truck injures you. In effect, you need to stay away from trucks as much as possible. Do not sit too close behind or alongside them. If you want to overtake one, make sure there is plenty of time to get a good distance ahead before you need to pull in front of it.
If strong winds, snow or ice are forecast, consider changing your route to one that has fewer trucks or that has more lanes so you can give them a wide berth.
What can truckers do to avoid crashes?
Truck drivers should also choose their routes carefully. While their usual way might be the quickest, the winter conditions may make it an unwise choice. It is better to arrive slowly than not at all.
Truckers should also allow extra space between them and the vehicle in front. Trucks take a long time to stop in perfect conditions, poor surface traction can vastly increase that, and if the driver needs to press too hard on the brakes to stop in time, they are more likely to lose control if the wheels catch an ice or snow patch.
If a truck hits your car, you will be fortunate to survive without significant injuries. Understanding how to get full compensation will be crucial.