School Buses, Recreational Vehicles, and Others The professional truck driver should be especially watchful for drivers of school buses, recreational vehicles, and drivers of rental trucks. These groups of drivers levels of experience vary a great deal. Therefore, truck drivers should: Give school buses as much room as possible. Watch for frequent stops to load and unload children. Remember, the driver can be distracted by the children on the bus. Realize drivers of RV’s and smaller vehicles pulling trailers can be a problem because they may not have the professional skills or knowledge of the professional truck driver. These vehicles are epecially susceptible to turbulence from big trucks, so reduce your speed and give them plenty of room. Pass these vehicles with care and as far to the left as safely possible. Hot and Cold Summer driving has its own perils. Truck drivers should especialy be on the lookout for: Lost, fatigued motorists on vacation who may suddenly stop, or swerve across several lanes of traffic to an exit. Overloaded cars with poor visibility and/or drivers distracted by kids and pets. Special Requirements Page 14-15 J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J
Highway construction projects where roads suddenly turn into narrow lanes with confusing signs. Heavy equipment and pedestrians are often nearby. Winter ice and snow mean gearing down on grades to avoid wheel-spinning and brake lockup which can lead to jackknifing. If you find a traffic jam-up and multiple vehicle accidents, stay back and wait for them to clear before trying to get your rig through. Attitude A good attitude is a professional truck driver’s badge of honor. Sharing the roads with automobiles must be a safety concern for the professional driver.