I've been in fleet safety for almost 30 years. During that time I've ridden along with thousands of truck drivers, teaching them how to use advanced driving skills to stay safer behind the wheel.
As large trucks are heavy and take a considerable distance to stop, it is critical that professional drivers see problems very early so they can respond smoothly and safely. When I mention this to truck drivers during training they usually roll their eyes and respond, "of course, that's what I do." Some even point out that because they sit higher, they can see over the vehicles out front, therefore, be looking far ahead. Unfortunately, just because drivers have the ability to see farther ahead, doesn't insure they will. In fact, my ride along experiences tell me that one of the most common shortcomings with truck drivers is that they aren't looking as far ahead as they should. ... Read More