A semitruck is very carefully trying to navigate a tight corner on a California country road. The general rule is to take wide turns when hauling a trailer, but this corner with a steep slope on the right side of the truck showcases too stingy of a turn to allow for any margin of error. And this is precisely what the driver of the truck finds out as the back of the trailer simply has no room to cut the corner and follow the cab safely around the bend. The result, as shown in the video below, is catastrophic.
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Uploaded by @crappycarcollecter, the video gives us a chance to review some guidelines about how to handle this type of situation.
"The most difficult part of trailer driving for many motorists is making turns," says dmv.org. "While it does not seem like there might be a need for it, drivers pulling trailers must overshoot their turns, taking them wide enough so that the trailer's path does not put it off the road or in contact with telephone poles or other street-side obstacles. Cutting a corner with a trailer will put the trailer, as well as pedestrians, other drivers, and yourself, in danger of collision."
In this case, obviously, street side obstacles such as telephone poles are far less of an issue than the steep slope below which magnifies the danger.
We post videos such as these as part of our coverage because we hope there are specific behaviors drivers can learn and implement to help make our roads safer for all of us.
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