And if you are voiced to stop suddenly all that weight will still have the forward momentum. Think if a tissue box can fly across the cab; just imagine the force that is pulling on the rest of your truck. So don’t forget, excessive acceleration really can tear off a truck, more than calm steady driving.
Driver Safety Rating Could Be Damaged Due to Excessive Acceleration
Now I touched on this one already, but then I got to thinking, some points need to be driven home. I can’t stress to you the importance of maintain a proper safety rating. But if you are the type that thinks excessive acceleration is the right way to operate perhaps you in the wrong industry.
If you get a bad safety rating you could lose your job over it. It could cost your company contracts, and could hurt the other drivers who work for the company, as now they can’t get trips. Further, it will affect your insurance rates, if you get ticketed.
There is something else you need to consider about your safety rating. If you lose your job because of excessive acceleration there is a very good chance you won’t get picked up by other companies.
Why should they hire you? After all, they don’t want your tainted record associated with their company and they will hire only the best drivers out there!
Passengers Can Get Injured Due to Excessive Acceleration
Excessive acceleration can harm more than your safety rating, the company safety rating, and the truck. It can actually cause injuries to any passengers that are riding in the truck with you.
That’s right, you risking hurting those you care about. Whether it is your darling spouse, your co-worker (if you are doing team driving), or the person you met in the lot the night before.
The sudden stops can force them to fly out, or they might get whiplash from being jerked against the seatbelt. It could cause an anxiety attack from the fear cause by excessive acceleration.
It could cause epilepsy from the lights whizzing by at ludicrous speed.
Or even worse, if the excessive acceleration causes you to have an accident you could seriously injure or even kill that passenger and yourself! You could also cause fatal injuries to other drivers on the road.
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Regardless if the accident was your fault or not, if you’re excessive acceleration made you unable to stop in time; can you guess who is at fault?
If you suddenly, “feel the need, the need for speed”, pop in Top Gun, or perhaps you have some other movies about travelling really fast. But whatever you do, don’t hop in your truck and race down the highway like you are on some unstoppable mission.
Excessive acceleration is one of the major causes for accidents on the road. Keep in mind that the warnings about excessive acceleration is not just about possible speeding tickets, safety ratings, wear and tear on your vehicle, or even the environment. It is about you being as safe as you can. It is about you actually arriving to your destination, in good health.
Are you one to push the limits of excessive acceleration? Have you been pulled for excessive acceleration (speeding)? Share your thoughts and stories with us.