Just the same as any industry, there are experienced truck drivers and those who are new to the road.
As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you need to keep this in mind at all times. Just because a person is a rookie driver doesn't mean that he or she will cause an accident. However, due to a lack of experience, the person may not know how to deal with every situation that comes about.
Here are some of the top mistakes made by rookie truck drivers:
-- Bullying others because they are in a large vehicle. It goes without saying that commercial trucks are the largest vehicles on the road. Even so, this doesn't mean the driver should bully others, such as by tailgating.
-- Listening to everything they are told. While there is nothing wrong with taking advice from other drivers and dispatchers, some rookie truckers neglect to take into consideration what is truly best for them.
-- Reckless driving. It's easy to think that driving fast is the best way to make more money. While this may be true to a certain extent, it also increases the likelihood of an accident.
These are some of the most common mistakes made by rookie truck drivers.
Since there are truckers out there making these mistakes, you need to be careful about the decisions you make on the road. For instance, it's best to keep your distance from commercial trucks, when possible.
If you or a loved one was recently injured or killed in a truck accident, it's time to learn more about the cause. You may find that trucker negligence caused the crash.
Source: CDL Life, "How Not To Be A Truck Driver: Top 4 Rookie Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)," accessed May 15, 2017