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Long Stopping Distances

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Wide turns Large blind spots

  • The stopping time and distance for a truck or bus are much greater than those of smaller vehicles.
  • Stopping distance increases even more when a commercial vehicle has a heavy load or there are road conditions like snow, ice, or rain.
  • A fully loaded truck traveling under good conditions at highway speeds requires a distance of almost two football fields to stop. A car should never suddenly cut in front of a truck as it reduces the truck's allowable safe stopping distance.
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017
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