In South Africa there are an average number of 1 500 [reported] truck and bus accidents a year that involve one or more fatalities. Approximately 200 of the fatalities are the actual drivers of the truck or bus. Unfortunately I cannot find any statistics that cover accidents between trucks/buses and cars. However anyone with common sense will probably note that the drivers and passengers of a car are most likely to come off worst in one of these collisions. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a 40 ton truck colliding with a 1Ĺ ton car normally equals - Trucks 1 - Cars 0
Why a NO ZONE Page here? Why not?
A friend of mine, Justin,
in Cape Town brought the USA No Zone stuff to my attention -
he works on one of those really impressive heavy duty breakdown rigs and has seen
some horrific stuff over time.
By way of introduction to this page read what Justin said to me.....
The reason I am suggesting a No Zone page is because
of all the wrecks that we work at, that could have been prevented, as
well as all the STUPID things I see people do every day.
Car drivers donít see things the way that trucker's do. A car driver sees a gap in traffic and takes it. Between cars that's fine, but that gap may have been the space a trucker has left - for himself to stop. A gap in front of a truck, is a stopping gap, end of story, not an act of kindness to let a car push in.
Everyone knows trucks don't stop that quickly, but they don't think about that when they are driving in their cars.
I've seen it first hand unfortunately.
Experience is the one thing people mostly learn from, but when you get
run over by a 40+ton truck, you don't usually get a second chance. There
are no "If only's....." Here's an example: Say you are approaching a
robot in a truck. The light is 100m ahead, you are fully loaded, you
plan your stopping distance in case the light changes, the light does
change, you have enough stopping distance at this point, cars are on
both sides of you, passing you as you approach the robot . . . . . .
You literally stand on the brakes, one of two things can happen now.
The first scenario is the
whole rig jackknifes and takes out most of the cars on both sides of
the road and probably overturns. . . .
BE ALERT AND THINK
DON'T BE SOMEWHERE ELSE WHEN YOU
What can YOU do to try and make a difference and stop the carnage on our roads?
Read the following and help to educate your fellow motorists.
Accident Awareness Page and Photos Updated 04-11-2010
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