ARE TRUCK DRIVERS THE BEST DRIVERS?
“Are truck drivers are the best drivers” well I will let you onto a few facts. I have been doing a little bit of studying and if you ask me I would say yes. You can give me your opinion after I lay the facts out there. The average car driver in the U.S. puts about 15,000 to 20,000 per year on the road. The average trucker, in that same time period, has driven about 100,000 miles. They get a crap-ton of practice.Truck drivers also put on all those miles in a vehicle which is articulated, weighs upwards of 80,000 pounds is surrounded by blind spots, and takes 2 to 3 times longer to bring to a stop from freeways speeds.
Every year truck drivers are subjected to federally-mandated urinalysis drug testing and, every two years, a federally-mandated physical exam. Fail either of these and you will not be driving trucks anymore.
CAR DRIVER VERSIS TRUCK DRIVER
The bulk of the miles driven by the average car driver consists of commutes to and from work, over pretty much the same routes in the same town, day after day. The average truck driver can wake up in Florida and end his day in Texas; and every single load is going to a completely different location in the U.S., on roadways and routes which are totally alien to him. And he is still expected to not get lost and be at his destination on time.
If the average car driver loses his license then he can always take the bus/train/subway/call an Uber to work. If the average truck driver loses his license then he is jobless and homeless. That license is the reason he has a job in the first place.
WEATHER VERSIS CAR AND TRUCK
If weather conditions have the roads iced-over or otherwise hazardous, most car drivers can elect to stay home. Truck drivers, on the other hand, have been though blizzards, windstorms, torrential downpours, even tornadoes. Commerce rarely stops because of a little frost on the ground, and (most of the time) truckers are expected to suck it up and drive on.
According to the FMCSA, USDOT, and a couple of studies at the University of Michigan, cars have been responsible for up to 80% of all the car/truck collisions on the roadway.
So are truck drivers better drivers? I don’t know: but I’d say they are definitely more skilled on the average, and held to higher standards than the rest of the motoring public.
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