You've been helping your teen get lots of practice behind the wheel as they prepare to take their road test. They've mastered driving at night, in the snow and rain, on mountain roads and highways.
A tragic crash on the evening of Jan. 16 involving a semitruck and a pickup truck claimed the life of a 9-year-old Harrison boy. The crash occurred on Highway 287 near Ennis.
Sleep apnea is considered such a potential threat to driving safety that professional truck drivers who are found to have a moderate to severe form of the condition will lose their commercial driver's license (CDL) if they don't undergo treatment. It's no wonder that many drivers won't take a test to determine whether they have sleep apnea if they don't have to.
It's only natural to be a little nervous when you're driving near a large commercial truck on one of Montana's highways -- particularly in the winter months when the roads can be slick. Many of the over 250,000 annual crashes involving a car and a large truck can be avoided. Car drivers can do their part by knowing how to safely share the road with trucks.
One reason why commercial truck accidents can be so serious is that many times the contents of the truck spill onto the road. Everything from large, heavy objects to toxic chemicals can create a road hazard for vehicles that weren't even near the site of the crash.
Two people were killed and another one was injured last month on Highway 313 when a teen driving a semitruck veered into their lane, according to the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP). The fatal crash occurred on Sunday, Aug. 25 between Hardin and St. Xavier in Big Horn County.
Late last month, the current presidential administration announced their plans to make changes to trucking safety regulations implemented by his predecessors. One of the first rules that the administration is looking to repeal is the Hours of Service Regulations.
At a time when it seems like members of Congress can't reach across the aisle to accomplish just about anything, two U.S. senators, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have introduced a bill they would increase the safety of large commercial trucks on our highways and interstates.
When driving on the highways of Montana, you won't have to look far to spot a commercial truck. Sharing the road with these vehicles safely is imperative.
Anyone can become fatigued when driving, but this is very common among commercial truckers who spend many consecutive hours behind the wheel.