Large trucks need more space on Connecticut roadways. This is no secret. They take more time to stop and more room to turn. It is up to every other vehicle to avoid crowding them. However, if you are a truck driver, you also have a responsibility to make sure you give your vehicle room. One of the biggest issues with trucks is following too closely. If you drive too close to the vehicle ahead of you, you increase the chances of a horrible accident.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following too close is a major issue for truck drivers that leads to many preventable accidents. Since you need more space to stop, you must leave room between you and the vehicle in front of you. You should always allow about four seconds of time between you and another vehicle.

If the weather is bad or road conditions are horrible, then you need to make sure that you add more space. Rain, snow ice and even leaves can reduce the traction your tires have and make it take more time for you to stop. So, make sure you account for these things.

Also, if you are traveling at a higher rate of speed, then you need more space. You know your truck. You know how long it will take you to stop. Make sure you pay attention. You never know when someone up ahead may slam on their brakes, so pay attention, and always leave room.

If another vehicle cuts you off or pulls out in front of you, then slow down to allow space. It is much easier to slow down now and get your space cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you than to try to fix things when everyone in front of you is breaking. This information is for education and is not legal advice.