Large vehicles can be hazards on the road in extreme weather

Last year proved to be a troubling one in Tennessee in regards to tornado activity. According to recent reports, 19 tornadoes were spotted in this state in 2015, which may not seem unusual. However, what people may not realize is that many of them occurred outside of peak tornado season. 

This should be a strong reminder that extreme weather can strike at any time, and we may not always be prepared for it. We can, however, handle it appropriately. When driving in wet, slippery or windy conditions, it is crucial that all drivers make an effort to think ahead, drive safely and use good judgment. Unfortunately, there are some things about driving that cannot be changed due to weather. The size of a vehicle, for example, can prove to be a hazard in severe weather.

Large trucks and RVs can be seriously affected by weather conditions. In rainstorms where visibility is limited, drivers may not be able to see height restriction warnings clearly. When it’s very windy, these vehicles can sway unexpectedly and even tip over. Slippery roads can make it very difficult to keep control over an enormous truck or RV and they can spin out.

This is why any person operating these types of vehicles is expected to have the proper training and licensing to do so.

Unfortunately, drivers of trucks and RVs are just like drivers of any other vehicle. They make mistakes, drive when they know they shouldn’t drive or without a license, take unnecessary risks and fail to recognize the importance of being safe behind the wheel.

These decisions can be bad enough in nice weather and on clear roads. When there is severe weather involved, accidents that may have been avoided or minor can become catastrophic collisions that put everyone involved in danger, especially when RVs or trucks are involved in a crash.

While we cannot control the weather, we can control how we respond to changes in driving conditions. Those who fail to do this can and should be held accountable should their behaviors contribute to a serious crash.