We shared this video with a defensive driver training specialist and asked for a few observations:
This was also not a defensive driver. The driver should have checked the rearview mirror before stopping suddenly.
Both drivers were not concentrating on their driving.
Assumption – speeding up to beat the light (remember the most dangerous traffic light is a green light)
Not taking other hazards or road users into account
Not implementing SIPDE or any defensive driving techniques.
A truck needs longer stopping distances and turning circles under normal circumstances. Always be aware that LMV drivers are unpredictable and may be more defensive than you.
A message to other truck drivers – Always expect the unexpected and your following distance is your ‘living space’, without sufficient following distance you have no chance of avoiding the unexpected.
I hope this will assist.
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) March 2, 2018