It's hard to imagine anything more frightening on the road that looking in the rearview mirror and seeing a big rig barreling toward you. Or going through an intersection, with a green light, only to find a truck driver didn't obey a red light. In both instances, you do your best to take evasive action.
There is more to truck safety in California and across the country than just being a safe driver.
Think back a generation to the time when all truckers had for communication and companionship on the road were citizens band and AM radios.
Trucks are essential to the California economy. Shops would be empty and some people would go hungry if trucks stopped bringing food and consumables to small rural communities and large cities such as San Francisco.
Three people were recently injured when a tractor-trailer in Los Angeles came into their car's path of travel, violently striking the car. The 405 Freeway was closed for a time due to the seriousness of the injuries and damage to the road surface as well.
Drivers who have spent time on the highways most likely are familiar with the bumper sticker "Without trucks, America stops." The country would certainly slow down without tractor-trailers. Much of the retail goods and supplies we use are brought to shops and malls by truck.
Many people have heard the slogan "without trucks, America stops." This is especially true in California, where every supply line from land, sea and air come together and rely on trucks to get products to their final destinations. Construction and other major industries also need truck traffic to survive.
Few things get anywhere in California without trucking. From construction projects in Los Angeles to farming in the Sacramento Valley, everything from food to building materials moves around the state in trucks.
Although California is often defined by its oceans and trains, most residents of and visitors to the state get around by car or truck. The highways and roads of the Golden State are generally safe and populated by attentive drivers, but accidents can happen and the best drivers are those who can avoid dangerous conditions.
California's economy depends on reliable transport, and much of this transport is provided by trucks. From long-haul tractor-trailer trucks to delivery vans, much of the foodstuffs, clothes and consumer products that Californians require are brought to them by trucks.