Usually, when a truck driver is driving as a team member his colleague is sleeping or resign in the sleeping area in the back of the truck cabin. If the safety net is not attached to the bed there is a great chance a colleague taking a rest from the 11h drive could get injured when hard braking is applied.
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The safety net that is supposed to stop a driver from falling down in the case of the hard braking couldn’t prevent the driver to fall down and get seriously injured. Pay attention to these situations because due to constant driving focus level could go down and result in overlooking details like this.
Situations like this actually happen very often and we can see reminders of these situations on a daily base. Driving regularly on highways you can see a lot of tire remaining by the road. All there remains happened due to trailer tire explosions.
For situations like this, it is not the only truck driver and hard braking to blame for. This happens very often because trucking companies want to save money on tires. Instead of buying good quality tires very often trucking companies buy rethread tires. Think of rethread tires as used tires that were applied to the new surface on top.
Of course, rethread tires are not nearly good quality as the brand new ones. Extreme weather conditions, especially during summer season, can lead to tire explosion.
Certain trucking companies have innovative compensation models introduced to stimulate truck drivers to apply safe driving style and receive financial bonuses because of that. To be able to receive financial bonuses on top of their salary truck drivers need to have a safety rating that is in top 20% of the proposed scale.
An important part of safety rating’s calculation is also the number of hard braking events. Simply said, if the truck driver has more hard braking accidents, then the safety rating will decline and they will lose the possibility to receive the bonuses.
This innovative way is serving the truck driving community very well. In my opinion truck driver should be financially awarded for the safe driving and smart behavior. We can’t threat all the truck drives the same. The ones among them that pay attention to details deserve to make more money. This model simulates exactly that.
Unexpected hard braking situations can be very dangerous and cause an immediate traffic accident. In situations like this inexperienced truck driver can lose control of the vehicle or trailer and create a very dangerous situation for them and other vehicles.
In the situation when the road surface is very slippery like during the heavy rain or severe winter conditions (due to snow and ice) hard braking can cause total loss of control. Despite latest technology that is built in the trucks as a standard part of equipment truck drivers skill is still the most important factor.
All the latest technology trucks are equipped with, serves only as support. It can’t take control of the vehicle and very rarely react proactively in advanced. That is yet to come.
Until that kind of self-driving technology is fully developed, truck drivers are still required to pay attention to the road and prevent as much as they can possible problems on the road.
Highway network around big cities is very often really crowded and vehicles are driving and moving really close one to another. Applying hard braking can cause the immediate rear end collision and someone could crash into you from the back.
Despite there is no legal responsibility for an accident like this and this is 100% responsibility for the person not keeping the appropriate distance this can cause a lot of issues for you too.
Issues can vary from time to time but you can expect situations like this:
As you can see, even though you are not guilty for the incident at the end you could be the one that pays the most for that. If you are delivering fruit to Walmart and you are late because your truck driver applied hard braking and someone hit him from behind, you will be the one to pay for it.
Slowing down from 60 to 0 in less than 2 seconds takes a lot of power and force. In the same time reaching that speed again when the truck almost stopped requires a lot of fuel. It is estimated that truck can idle for 15 minutes and consume the same amount of diesel fuel as it needs to reach the speed of 60mph.
Now you got the idea how Besides all the above-mentioned disadvantages of the hard braking, there is one that costs money directly the trucking company. Constant braking and accelerating could cause the company to lose at least a hundred dollars’ worth of fuel every month.
Well trained truck drivers besides making money for themselves as a safe driving bonus this way save a lot of money for the companies as well.
In the time when environmental pollution on Earth reaches the new maximum, it is very important to take that aspect into consideration when eliminating hard braking.
We only have one planet (at least for now) where we can live and taking it seriously should be the primary reason why all of us need to work to keep the pollution at a minimum.
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