Weare teens get taste of tractor trailer viewpoint
“The purpose of this is to get them used to where they are in relation to the tractor-trailer,” said Trooper Jay O’Leary of New Hampshire State Police.
As students climbed into the cab of the truck, they were able to see exactly what large trucks see – and can’t see – when they’re driving.
An hour of classroom time before the hands-on portion gave teens the rundown on things like following distance, breaking distance, and the difference the size and weight of the truck make going down the road.
He reminded students that they don’t know what a truck could be hauling.
“It could be hazardous material,” he said. “I can’t stress enough that you don’t know what we’re carrying — and these things don’t stop on a dime.”
“I do it because I like to, because I want to,” he said. “It’s all about safety.”
“I learned that you can’t really see what’s behind you,” said student Gregg Sawyer.
“Being able to sit in the truck allows them to see the limitations of that driver,” he said, and giving students a different perspective may make them better drivers in the long run.
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