With all of the electronic distractions within motor vehicles these days, it is important, now more than ever, to drive defensively. Larger vehicles carrying heavy loads cannot stop within the same distance as a smaller vehicle. If you are aware that there is a truck or bus being driven behind you, your operation of your vehicle should reflect that fact. At a minimum, you should keep at least one car length between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 m.p.h. your vehicle is traveling at. To be safe, you should anticipate any driving activity in front of you that might require you to brake or stop so that you can give the larger vehicle behind you as much advance notice as possible. Obviously, you can’t know if a truck driver is going to fail to brake or stop successfully behind you, but you can keep an eye on the driver in your rear view mirror to see if they appear to be observing the road in front of them. Following these basic safety tips may save you from a serious or fatal rear-end collision with a truck or bus.
Ira M. Maurer, Esq.
The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC
300 Westage Business Center Drive, Suite 360
Fishkill, New York 12524
Tel: (845) 896-5295