When driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, it's good practice to assume that the driver is not paying attention to the road. This will help keep you on your toes, which reduces the risk of an accident.
Drowsy driving remains a serious, yet somewhat unknown, problem throughout the United States.
It doesn't matter if you're on the highway or a city road, you could find yourself in close proximity to a commercial truck. In fact, depending on the roadway, it's not out of the question for there to be just as many commercial trucks as passenger vehicles.
From Madison to Mellen, Wisconsin requires a car to experience fully. For an overwhelming majority of towns across the Badger State, cars and other personal vehicles are the only reliable way to get around. Commutes and trips to the mall are easily forgettable, as they happen in the hundreds, but accidents always stand out.
There's no way around it. You're not going anywhere in Wisconsin if you're not on the road. Although Milwaukee and Madison have some public transit options, and the train can be caught in the southern heartland, cars and trucks are the best way to get around the Badger State.
Driving in Wisconsin is the main way to get around, and it is safe for a huge majority of people in cars and trucks. Some hazards are avoidable with clear thinking and quick reflexes, but not every risk can be mitigated when we share the road with others.
Winter months bring all sorts of hazards to roads in Wisconsin. Ice can turn hardy road surfaces into glass with the slipperiness of a skating rink. Snow logs in tire treads, bringing vehicles to a stop or sometimes making it hard to stop. But a year-round hazard is brought into stark relief by the fallen leaves and white background: animals.
With winter in full swing throughout the northern United States, the risk of winter weather is on the mind of most drivers. A record cold snap with large amounts of precipitation brought many Wisconsin communities to a standstill, but many drivers see no alternative to taking to the road to get to work or run errands.
Drivers share the roads of Wisconsin with every type of vehicle. Car and pickup truck drivers often see tractor-trailers on the interstates and other limited-access highways, and some people heading down smaller roads may even see a bicycle or cross-country skier. But there are few combinations more dangerous on the road than car drivers and truck drivers who are not prepared for each other.
If you buy some clothes or food in Wisconsin, the odds are that your purchases came to you on a truck. Four out of five American communities receive all goods by truck, and this service can come at a price. Truck driving is one of the nation's most dangerous professions, and the casualties are not only truck drivers.