Thousands of trucks and lorries use UK roads to deliver goods and services every day. While many drive from A to B without any issues at all, there is always a risk of road traffic accidents and it’s wise to be aware of the risks of car crashes if you’re travelling on major routes or you find yourself surrounded by trucks and heavy goods vehicles.
Is a truck’s slipstream dangerous?
Driving in a truck’s slipstream means driving very close to the vehicle in front of you. There are benefits of driving in the slipstream, such as improved fuel efficiency, however, there are also real dangers. Driving in a truck’s slipstream reduces visibility, especially in adverse weather conditions and increases the risk of an accident on the road in the event of sudden braking. If there is not a great deal of distance between you and the truck ahead; if it brakes quickly, you are likely to end up in a crash and the vehicles behind and around you may also be involved.
In wet weather, trucks give off a lot of spray, which makes it difficult to see other vehicles, road markings and potential hazards. Ideally, drivers should increase the distance between their vehicle and others in line with increased stopping distance, rather than driving very close to a truck in front.
Safe driving tips
If you’re embarking on a long journey on the motorway, here are some tips to avoid collisions on the road:
- always pay attention to the speed limit
- keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
- check your mirrors and your blind spot before changing lane
- take extra care in bad weather and slow down if visibility is poor
- take regular breaks and avoid driving if you feel tired
Claiming compensation for a road accident
If you have been involved in a road accident, which wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for car crash compensation. In a case where you were injured in a crash which was your fault, for example, if you were driving too close to the vehicle in front in wet weather and you went into the back of it, you would not have a valid road accident claim.
To find out if you could have a case for no win, no fee* compensation, take the 30-second eligibility test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website or call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown