Avoiding an accident with a tired trucker

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Driving large trucks for a living is a difficult job. However, operating such a large vehicle comes with significant responsibility. Regardless of the cause, the results can be devastating when there is an accident between a semi and a smaller car.

Truck drivers often go long periods away from home and on the road. Long hours and poor sleep can lead to drivers who are exhausted while they are trying to get from here to there.

Here are a few ways you can stay safe when sharing the road with drowsy drivers.

Watch for the signs

When you know what to watch for, you can give an exhausted driver extra room if they make a mistake. While you are driving, you should watch for signs a diver might be overtired, such as:

  • Braking suddenly
  • Having difficulty staying in their lane
  • Forgetting to signal for turns or lane-changes

There are many reasons a trucker might be overtired. Hopefully, a driver exhibiting these signals is on their way to a much-needed break, but you still need to ensure you can get home safely.

Staying safe with a tired trucker in the next lane

Often, while you are driving, you need to make the best of the circumstances that you have. While it would be ideal for everyone on the road to be safe and attentive, that is not always the case.

If you notice a drowsy driver, you should give them as much space as possible. They will make mistakes, and you will want to be out of the way if they start coming in your direction.

Overtired drivers create dangerous conditions for those around them. If you can spot the signs that someone is tired and take precautions to stay safe, you can increase your chances of getting home without an accident.