The large size and weight of a heavy truck make it especially dangerous if it collides with another vehicle on the road. That is why truck drivers should be alert when driving. Truckers should be aware of the road around them and how fast they are going so they can better react to circumstances and avoid a collision.
In spite of public awareness that a speeding truck poses a major risk of collision and death, some truckers still speed. Some do it because they are not paying adequate attention to their driving. And as a recent study has shown, some truck drivers have succumbed to the temptation to drive faster than they should.
The reason for recent truck speeding
According to Fleet Owner, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety provided a report that discovered an increase in fatalities on the roads in the year 2020. Due to the recent pandemic, fewer drivers have taken to the roads, which has left roadways emptier of automobiles.
Because of the lack of vehicles on the highways, a number of truckers have felt free to press on the gas pedal and exceed speed limits. This increase in speeding has contributed to a rise in traffic deaths in 2020.
Other trends contributing to deaths
The report cited by Fleet Owner detailed other issues that increased the possibility of deadly crashes, such as an increase in impaired or distracted driving. Truckers were also less likely to put on a seat belt. Coupled with the increase in speeding, these failures to engage in safe driving practices caused a higher rate of fatalities in the first half of 2020.
Why truck speeding is dangerous
The NHTSA explains that a speeding driver has a greater potential to lose control of the vehicle. If the driver detects danger, it will take more time to stop the vehicle at a faster speed. And if the speeding vehicle impacts another automobile, the severity of damage will likely increase, resulting in greater injury, death and property damage.
The need to control the speed of heavy trucks is even greater because the mass of a big truck can do great damage at a high speed. Even if a road looks empty, a truck driver should not take it for granted that the road will remain empty of vehicles or pedestrians.