6 In 10 Adults Fear Passing Trucks
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has issued a study that demonstrates 60% of drivers in the United States feel less safe driving past large commercial trucks than they do when passing other cars.
The AAA survey found:
A. 28% said it’s the trucks large size and length; B. 18% said its due to the large blind spots and/or less visibility in the large trucks; C. 14% said trucks can drift or swerve out of their lane of travel, causing collisions, injuries and death.
The survey found that 26% of adults would feel safer if the trucking industry spent more money on safety technology.
Jake Nelson, AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research said: “It is understandable that many motorists are fearful and feel vulnerable when traveling near large trucks. Adding. . . safety technologies to the trucking fleet is. . . a win-win for industry and drivers nationwide.”
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is the nation’s largest monitoring and leisure travel organization. The Foundation is committed to the reduction of trucking collisions, injuries and fatalities.