Before anyone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, a driver should be familiar with how that vehicle operates as well as the laws of the state in which they will be driving. Whether it be learning how to drive a manual transmission or learning the “quirks” of the local traffic ordinances, it is essential that motorists are educated in how to safely operate a vehicle before they head out onto the road.
This is especially true for New Mexico truck drivers, who frequently operate massive rigs weighing up to 80,000 pounds. Of course, all truck drivers are required to obtain a commercial driver’s license, but being a safe driver requires more than a bare-bones knowledge. In order to avoid a New Mexico truck accident, truck drivers should also know the limitations of the rig that they will be operating in its current state. Thus, as a truck’s load changes, a truck driver may be required to reassess their driving style.
Semi-trucks and other large vehicles have many limitations. For example, trucks take a longer distance to stop, require a larger turning radius, have large blind spots, and also take longer to get up to highway speeds. A recent accident illustrates the potential result of a truck driver’s failure to consider the limitations of his vehicle.