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How to avoid the dangers of truck jackknifes

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2021 | Trucking Accidents |

It’s not uncommon to see people driving commercial vehicles in Florida. While these large vehicles can transport lots of items, they’re also prone to jackknifing. A jackknife is a term used when a truck’s cab and trailer fold in on each other, usually in a V- or L-shaped formation. With that in mind, here are helpful tips that can prevent a truck driver from causing a jackknife.

Avoid slamming on your brakes

Almost every driver experiences the heart-racing feeling of seeing someone or something suddenly appear on the road. When this happens, most people’s instincts kick in, and they slam on their brakes. Unfortunately, forcefully pushing down a truck’s brake pedal can cause a jackknife.

Pack light loads wisely

The potential of a truck jackknifing doesn’t only have to do with how someone operates this vehicle. This situation can also happen if a truck is improperly packed or is carrying a lighter load. When a truck driver is transporting a heavy load, it’s easier for their commercial vehicle to have proper traction.

Keep a safe following distance from other vehicles

Since most jackknife incidents are the result of sudden braking, it’s important to avoid driving situations that can put you in this predicament. One of the most common reasons why people slam on their brakes is due to the behavior of drivers in front of them. Considering that, a truck driver can prevent motor vehicle accidents and jackknife incidents by keeping a safe following distance from other automobiles.

As you can see, there are several ways to prevent causing a jackknife while driving a commercial truck. By not causing a jackknife, you’re doing your part to keep yourself and other drivers safe.


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