As a driver in New England, you know how the roads can get in winter: Slick and slippery until they are plowed after a snowstorm. For commercial truck drivers, the dangers of driving on ice and snow are multiplied. Although these drivers have an advanced skill set in terms of vehicle maneuverability and skid control, they also have to factor in the behavior of the other drivers around them, which can make winter travel more challenging.
When you think of a car accident, what comes to mind? Head-on collisions, fender benders and one-car crashes to name a few. Rollovers, one type of car accident you may have overlooked, only account for 2.1 percent of accidents, according to statistics from SafeCar.gov. However, rollovers are responsible for 35 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities.
Imagine another car lightly taps your bumper and the brief impact results in a small dent. You think, “It’s not a big deal,” – you and the other driver decide not to contact your insurance carriers. You still exchange names and phone numbers, just in case something comes up. The incident is behind you, until the next time you’re at the body shop or worse, you get a call from the other driver’s insurance carrier.
In 2018, cars operate much like a computer network. Signals travel through its various systems, causing parts to operate and alerts to be issued. Yet in some cases, the pathway is not always smooth and can’t produce clear results, leading to vehicle performance failure.