Posted on January 6, 2013

Apparently, they do, and they don’t like the situation any more than you do. Here’s an explanation from “TruckerMike” of Trucking Truth: 

Most trucks have “speed limiters,” which keep the trucks from exceeding a set speed, usually between 60 and 65 miles an hour.

  • If one truck’s speed is set a couple of miles per hour more than another, and the driver wants to pass the slower vehicle, it will take some time to get past.
  • If the road begins to incline, and the faster truck carries a heavier load, it may slow down more than the initially slower truck.
  • One truck may also be better able to handle hills than the other.
  • If one driver lets up on the gas a bit going into a climb, the truck will lose momentum and continue to decelerate, causing it to consume more expensive fuel just to keep up the speed.

For any one of these reasons or a combination, trucks may get stuck next to each other. TruckerMike advises drivers who are following not to tailgate; besides doing no good, it creates a dangerous situation because the vehicle behind is likely in a No-Zone, or blind spot. Also, if the truck blows a tire, the pieces will probably fly back and hit the vehicles following behind. 

Gray and White Law encourage you to contact us if you have been involved in a Kentucky truck accident. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our Louisville accident lawyers.

Matthew L. White
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