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How to Avoiding Driving Too Fast for Road Conditions

Truck Driving Too Fast For Conditions

Driving a truck at a speed that is greater than a reasonable standard for safe driving is extremely dangerous, especially when dealing with difficult road conditions.

Examples of conditions where drivers may find themselves driving too fast

  • Wet Roadways (rain, snow, or ice)
  • Reduced Visibility (fog, winter storms)
  • Construction Zones
  • Curves and Intersections
  • Heavy traffic

Below are some tips to help you maintain a safe speed for various driving conditions.

TIP #1: Reduce Your Driving Speed in Adverse Road and/or Weather Conditions

Adjust your speed to safely match weather conditions, road conditions, visibility, and traffic. Excessive driving speed is a major cause of fatal crashes and higher speeds may cause more severe crashes.

Did You Know? CMV Drivers should reduce their speed by 1/3 on wet roads and by 1/2 or more on snow-packed roads.

TIP #2: Reduce Your Speed and Enter a Curve Slowly

Speed limits posted on curve warning signs are intended for passenger vehicles, not CMVs. CMV needs to approach an exit/entrance ramp at least 10 15 MPH below posted limit. Truck rollovers are more likely to occur on exit/entrance ramps when the driver misjudges the sharpness of the ramp curve and enters the curve at an excessive speed.

Did You Know? Braking in a curve can cause the wheels to lock up and the vehicle to skid.

TIP #3: Drive Slowly with a Loaded Trailer

Loaded trailers have a higher center of gravity and sudden speed adjustment may cause the load to shift, leading to skidding or a rollover.

Did You Know? Large trucks with fully loaded trailers are 10 times more likely to roll over than those with empty trailers.

TIP #4: Slow Down in Work Zones

Before entering a work zone, decrease your speed, merge into the correct lane well ahead of any lane closures, and be prepared to slow down or stop suddenly.

Did You Know? Nearly a quarter of all work-zone deaths involved a CMV.

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