One of the biggest safety risks that professional drivers face while out on the road is vehicle rollover. There are a lot of common misconceptions about what can cause rollover – things such as driving at high speeds, careless driving, lack of experience, and more. But did you know that most rollover incidents could have been prevented?
Below, we take a look at and debunk some of the common misconceptions about truck rollover!
Drivers might think most rollovers happen at night, in the rain, on entrance or exit ramps, or on a curvy road. The truth is, less than 4% of single vehicle rollovers are caused by roadway and environment-related reasons.
– More than half (56%) happen on straight roads – not on curves or ramps.
– Approximately 2/3 of rollovers occur in daylight rather than in the dark.
– 93% of rollovers occur on dry roads.
Another common misconception is that most rollovers are caused when a driver speeds or drives carelessly.
– Excessive speed is a contributing factor in less than half of all rollovers.
– Evasive maneuvers are a factor in only a small percentage (5-10%) of rollovers.
Some might also think having years of experience helps them prevent rollovers because they’ve been doing it for years. But that may not be true, either.
– Approximately 38% of rollovers involve drivers with more than 10+ years of driving experience.
– Most rollovers occur among drivers between the ages of 25 and 55.
Driver Error – Rollovers can happen to anyone at any time, so drivers can never be too careful behind the wheel. Some 78% of rollovers involve driver error, and more than 90% of the time, the rollover is not the “first” event. In other words, some other dangerous event occurs before the rollover. It might be drowsiness or inattention, which together contribute to 1 in 5 rollovers, with running off the road due to inattention being the leading cause of serious crashes. The event might be a driver drifting over onto a soft shoulder, riding up over a curb, or incorrectly making a turn at an intersection. Attentive driving can help prevent most rollovers.
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Rollover Data and verbiage obtained from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Cargo Tank Rollover, Keep the Load on The Road, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Cargo_Tank_Rollover_Fact_Sheet_V2_508.pdf (1-22-18)