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Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

Blog Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

It appears the car has been pulled up under the trailer's corner by its spinning tires. Like many truck-car accidents, the car's driver seems to be at fault. But still....

April 26, 2017

Checking the mirrors should be a normal part of driving, but maybe 'Mike' had other things to look at than the car caught up in his trailer. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:39 AM | » Comments(5)

On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’

Whichever wheels are skidding on a tractor-trailer will want to get in front and take the rest of the rig with it.

ABS is supposed to prevent jackknifes, but somestimes can't when pavement's icy, as on this freeway in the Northeast a few weeks ago.

February 24, 2017

When encountering a slick road, it’s a real good idea to test the brakes to see how the rig behaves. Then you'll know what to expect in a real application.

Tags: Driver Safety, Safety, ABS

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, February 24, 2017 9:03 AM | » Comments(4)

Old Sayings Apply While Driving Through Bad Weather

Slow way down in blinding conditions? Sure, but not so suddenly that you get rear-ended. Even better, park the truck in a safe place and wait out the storm.

Maybe that container simply had to get there no matter what. But now its contents have been badly shaken up in this tipover.

February 16, 2017

Fog and whiteouts caused by blowing snow can often be anticipated by considering the time of the year and what regularly happens along certain stretches of roadway.

Tags: Driver Safety, Weather, Safety, Weather Alerts

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Who's to Blame in This RR Crossing Wreck?

Remember, “Stop, look and listen”? It's still a good idea for any driver.

The gates came down after the wreck. And what a mess! Note that the impact yanked the fifth wheel off the tractor's frame. That means the fifth wheel's jaws hung onto the lead trailer's kingpin.

January 26, 2017

Newscasters focused on the non-working crossing lights and gates. But shouldn't the truck driver have looked for a train? Tom Berg has more in Trailer Talk.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Railroads

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:23 AM | » Comments(1)

Can You Remember Every Pre-Trip Item?

If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something.

It's not likely that there's anything wrong with this brand-new flatbed, but check it anyway. Photo: East Mfg. Co.

October 26, 2016

Pre-trips are supposed to be done before the vehicle is pulled away from a parking place and heads for the highway. In this blog from Senior Editor Tom Berg, we run through each item in a pre-trip inspection.

Tags: Driver Safety, Inspections, Flatbed Trailers, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:49 PM | » Comments(1)

Tailgating Driver Not a Complete Idiot

Incredibly, she was not hurt at all because she was wearing her seat-and-shoulder belt. And we can hope she received a life's lesson.

Out-of-control car has bumped the semi and now veers to the left and will mangle itself on the rock wall, then.... Photo: Tom Berg from ADPS video.

August 8, 2016

A motorist doing some high-speed tailgating on an Interstate highway in Arizona loses control, bumps a semi and crashes big time.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Tailgating

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30 AM | » Comments(4)

NTSB Confirms Tesla Was Speeding When It Hit That Trailer

That explains why the rig turned left in front of the approaching car; the truck driver thought he had more time than there really was.

The speeding Tesla went under the 53-foot van in the area circled in red. The trailer sustained very little damage but the car's upper portion was mangled. Photo: NTSB

July 29, 2016

If Joshua Brown had been watching where his car was going, he’d have simply stepped on the brake pedal and probably avoided the crash.

Tags: Driver Safety, NTSB, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Tesla

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30 AM | » Comments(3)

Driverless Tesla vs. Parked Trailer: Owner's Fault?

Was a "beta-test" version of the advanced electric car's control software to blame?

Car was short enough to slip under the trailer and its load and suffer only a smashed windshield. Photos: from KSL-TV news report.

May 12, 2016

Rear-underride collisions upset safety advocates because they badly hurt auto drivers and passengers. What about a front-underride incident with no driver and no injuries?

Tags: Underride Guard, Underride, Safety, Driver Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:55 AM | » Comments(3)

A Lot of Thought Went Into This Tanker

"They track better when the axle’s up,” the driver said. “And they turn corners easier.”

Mac trailer's forward axle is raised when the tank's empty. Note also the shrouding around the hoppers and the stairs.

April 7, 2016

On the road last month, Senior Editor Tom Berg spotted a pneumatic tanker trailer with some non-traditional features. He shares some insight from the driver in his latest Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fuel Economy, Mac Trailer, Lift Axle, Tire Inflation

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:20 AM | » Comments(3)

Samsung System Tells Motorists When It's Safe to Pass

Ever get stuck behind a semi you want to pass? You'd appreciate the large-screen TV on its rear doors.

June 22, 2015

Many traffic accidents in Argentina happen when motorists try to pass slower vehicles on two-lane roads.Here's a fix.

Tags: Samsung, Driver Safety, Passenger Cars, Technology

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 22, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

It's Snowing, Folks. Slow Down!

High speed plus slippery pavement equals a big crash, all caught on video.

November 12, 2014

Watch this video and see if you'd have driven into the situation differently.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Snow

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:43 PM | » Comments(0)

Nothing Blocks a Highway Like a Semi Whose Skidding Wheels Led It Astray

But on ice, controlling anything becomes really difficult.

January 31, 2014

Recent news photos remind senior editor Tom Berg of some anti-jackknifing training he had a while ago.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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