While drivers in Illinois and elsewhere may be fearful of sharing the road with large trucks, it is possible to do so safely. It is important that drivers of passenger cars and trucks have a healthy dose or respect for the bigger and heavier commercial trucks. This means giving them ample room to merge onto highways and giving them space while driving. When in the presence of a commercial truck, drivers should be sure to avoid its blind spots.
Big rigs undergoing roadside inspections were a common sight in Illinois and around the country in September during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week safety blitz, and more than 14 percent of them were ordered off the road after inspectors discovered potentially deadly faults. Figures released by the nonprofit organization reveal that 4,955 of the 35,080 commercial vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week were ordered out of service.