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Driving on wintry roads is something that is difficult, especially for drivers of semitrucks who face unique challenges when driving even if the roads are completely clear. All drivers need to take the time to brush up on how to drive safely in the winter weather. Taking a few extra minutes to learn about the challenges that truckers face might help other motorists avoid doing anything that might lead to a crash.

One important point to remember is that semitrucks need around one-fourth mile of clearance to maneuver on the slick roads. This distance won't always remain empty, but drivers should make sure that they aren't zipping into that space because the trucker might not be able to stop to avoid a crash.

Another thing to know is that semitrucks might drive much slower than what you think they should. Because of the time it takes to accelerate and to stop, many truckers will opt to just drive a bit slower in the snow for the sake of safety. When you are driving on ice or snow, be mindful of the time it takes these trucks to maneuver so that you don't accidentally crash into one.

Finally, be aware that there is a chance that the trailer might begin to sway due to a difficulty with traction on the ice. This is a difficult situation for the trucker to control. If you notice it, try to stay away and give the trucker room to move. If the trucker does lose control, you don't want to be in the way of the trailer or the rig.

Determining fault when there is a trucker and more than one motorist involved can be difficult. You should do your part to keep yourself safe, but if you are in an accident that wasn't your fault, you can take legal action.

Source: Smart Trucking, "15 Essential Winter Trucking Safety Tips," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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