What better observer of bad road behavior than someone who makes their everyday living on the road?
Eric Boling Bracey has spent years as a semi-truck driver out of Florida nonetheless, and he has seen it all. He now has something to tell drivers and his words may very well be life saving.
He posted a video, sincerely hoping to get a message out to improve the situation on the roads. One of his pet peeves is drivers pulling in front of semis, and then hitting their brakes. Do they not realizing that they are suddenly braking in front of these massive trucks usually carrying 44,000 pounds worth of load? It is nearly impossible for trucks to stop at the same rate a little two door sedan can. Yet drivers dont seem to comprehend this.
We get a real great example of just how much space is required in order to stop a semi. Bracey lines up 10 truck trailers in a lot and shows that this row of 100 feet and stopping distance required wouldnt even be close to this travelling at 60 mph.
Matter of fact, it is about 4 times this! About 414 feet would be needed to stop.
Eric Boling Bracey | Facebook
Bracey goes on to explain how he would have to live with the fact that he inadvertently killed someone because they pulled out in front of him and suddenly stomped on their brakes.
This is very much a real world example of what happens every single day. This semi is very common and the stopping scenario applies to the hundreds of semis you come across travelling long distances.
This guy wants to bring about some serious awareness while reducing the number of accidents, deaths, and close calls which occur everyday. So what exactly should you do when you see a semi in the right lane on the freeway? Its not going anywhere and it wont be moving itself for you, as it simply cant. Either speed up or else slow down in order to merge. You need to be a defensive driver out there and not expect others to move around you, as you need to adjust to them, especially when it comes to big rigs.
Follow what this guy says. It may seriously save your life and your passengers lives as well.
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